Amid growing challenges to its role as the pre-eminent force in college admissions, the College Board on Oct. 22 unveiled a new test that it said would help prepare eighth graders for rigorous high school courses and college. The test, which will be available to schools next fall, is intended only for assessment and instructional purposes and has nothing to do with college admissions, College Board officials said. "This is not at all a pre-pre-pre SAT," Lee Jones, a College Board vice president, said at a news conference. "It's a diagnostic tool to provide information about students' strengths and weaknesses."


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