Changes to the SAT, the Scholastic Aptitude Test that high school students take to qualify for college admissions, have resulted in changes in the methods students use to prepare for that test.
For decades, teens bound for college have taken the SAT, and the flaws in the test are well known. “SAT vocabulary” refers to words that most people never use and are not likely to need. In 2005, a writing section was added, and the total maximum score was boosted from 1600 to 2400. The 10 section test lasted nearly 5 hours.
As a result, a large number of students opted to take the American College Testing exam (ACT). Standardized college tests were made optional by some universities for admissions.
The College Board is the developer of the SAT test, and they have announced major changes. There is no more mandatory essay. The penalty for wrong guesses on multiple choice has been removed. And math has been streamlined, so the test takes less time.