by Rachel Jones
When the time comes for students to begin applying for colleges, along with stress about applications and visits comes taking the standardized tests that help you get into the college of your choice. One of the most common of these tests is the SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test. According to collegeboard.com, the SAT is a “globally recognized college admission test that… tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math.”
High school graduates from the year 2005 and earlier will recall that when they took their SAT’s, they were out of a score of 1600. For ten years since then, however, the company that owns and writes the SAT, College Board, had changed the scoring to a maximum score of 2400, with an added writing section.
In spring of 2016, the SAT scoring system will regress back to the 1600 point system, but the changes to the SAT go beyond the change from 2400 to 1600. Changes to the contents of the test, adding time, and using four answer choices instead of five are just a few of the major changes coming to the new standardized test.
With the changes in length, content, and scoring of the SAT, some people are excited for what it has in store. “I’m all for it.” said Junior Issac Kumlachew. “I hear there’s no essay portion and that will probably really help my score. Also there’s no more crazy vocabulary, which makes so much more sense.”
While some are excited to be the first takers of this new test, others are not so grateful. Junior Sharon Arnez is not so excited to be taking the 2016 version of the SAT. “All of the study materials that I have to use are preparing me for the old version of the SAT,” said Arnez. “ I think it might be easier for some people but the added word problems will make it a lot harder for students without english as their first language, which is really unfair.” Chloe Beverina, also a Junior, also dreads the upcoming changes. “If this test is preparing students for their future, why would there be a non-calculator portion of the test?”