Changes ahead for the SAT

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — Changes to SAT test include students will no longer be penalized for incorrect answers and the scale will drop from 2400 to 1600. The essay portion will now be optional and scored separately.

John P. Osula, an 11th grader, is one of Walker High School’s best students, but even for him, SAT success meant immersing himself in college admissions exam prep work. Before taking the SAT in October, he spent hundreds of hours on practice tests and thousands of dollars on classes, including a two week course in Maine.

Assistant Principal Gayle Crump says reading is the key to every standardized test.

“Being a lifelong reader. It’s not something you can start in the 9th grade and start becoming rigorous reader and perform at an optimal level it must start far before 9th grade.” - Gayle Crump, Walker High School Assistant Principal

Crump says with any sweeping changes, it’s important for students to learn the new format and scoring so they’ll feel comfortable before sitting down with pencil in hand. Students will first see the new SAT test in 2016, and for the first time, they will have the option of taking the test online.

Also the College Board has announced a partnership with Khan Academy to offer free test prep materials.

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