By Kailey Smith
The SAT college exam recently went through intensive changes, including a new scoring scale, revised test content, and student preparations for the exam. The college exam was released in the spring of 2016.
The test includes four sections; reading, writing, math and an optional essay. The exam will shift back its current scale score of 2400 to 1600 and include a separate score for the written essay.
The modified SAT exam also added major changes to the essay. Students now have 50 minutes to answer the question provided rather than 25 minutes. The essay will now be based on a passage instead of an open-ended question.
By changing the grading scale and what’s on the exam, more opportunities have been created for students. The reading and writing sections will include reading passages with subjects of history, science, literature.
Students are able to receive their answer booklet back with these new changes. They are also able to access their answers online through a link provided to help prepare for the SAT exam.
Senior Gina Malozzi gave her outlook on the new SAT versus the old.
“I felt as if it was unfair to students who took the old SAT exam,” Malozzi said. “If the old exam didn’t have point deductions, I most likely wouldn’t have been 6 points off for meeting the required score for a scholarship. Now, I have to retake the exam, and send my new scores out.”
Red Lion Area Senior High School administered the revised SAT exam on March 5, 2016. The College Board also started working with the Khan Academy, an online tutoring website, to help prepare students for the SAT exam.
The College Board believes these modifications to the exam will make it easier for students to study and remember the criteria.
“Before the modifications to the 2016 SAT exam, the math section was difficult if you did not have a graphing calculator available,” Malozzi added. “English was harder to comprehend, the vocabulary wasn’t ‘junior or senior appropriate’; they used words students won’t learn until college.”
The next SAT exam will be given on May 7, 2016 at Spring Grove Area High School or York Suburban High School.