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Coming soon: A new version of the SAT

Thursday - 3/6/2014, 4:40am  ET

The Associated Press

Changes coming in 2016 to the SAT:

-- No more extra penalties for wrong answers.

-- Essay portion will be optional.

-- Top score will be 1,600 with a separate score for the essay, compared with today's possible total of 2,400.

-- It can be taken in either paper or digital form.

-- It will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they inspire.

-- Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the math section, not on the entire section.

-- Students will be asked to analyze both text and data in real world contexts instead of answering questions that don't require that.

-- Vocabulary words more widely used in classroom and work settings will replace more obscure vocabulary words.

-- Essays will measure students' ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument, not just students' ability to construct an argument.

-- The math section will draw from fewer topics instead of a wide range.

Source: College Board.

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