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SAT Changes Give Students More Options
DAYTON -- Drop the number two pencil, the SAT will soon be available on a computer near you.
The College Board announced major changes to the standardized test to take effect in 2016.
In addition to a digital and paper version, the SAT is going back to its roots with its original 1600 scoring, the current test gives a perfect score of 2400.
Other changes include no penalty for a wrong answer, less obscure vocabulary words and an optional written essay portion.
"I think that will definitely help them with the anxiety. It won't force them to have to take it they can hopefully focus on getting their scores up," says Dunbar High School Counselor Dana Robinson.
Counselors and educators in the Miami Valley say the SAT is less popular than the ACT for high school students.
"For every 100 kids we prepare for the ACT or SAT, about 95 take the ACT," says private tutor Christopher Judge.
Judge owns and operates Sugarcreek Educational Concepts, he says the SAT is outdated and doesn't fit core classroom curriculums.
"We don't want kids to learn these lists of obscure words that they are never going to use anymore so for
the test to be able to change in order to do this is long overdue and it's a good change," says Judge.
Dunbar High School Junior Ja'Laquan Mitchell is currently studying for the ACT but he plans to take the SAT as well.
"I think the way that they're changing the test may make it easier because now students won't be penalized for guessing wrong if they don't know the question," says Mitchell.
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