New SAT test includes efforts to gauge actual student learning

SAT-changesIt might be fair to describe the major changes that are coming in 2016 to the nation’s most-recognizable college-admissions test, the SAT, as “intense.”

In fact, understanding how the word “intense” is used properly in an essay is one of the sample questions that the College Board, which oversees the SAT, rolled out Wednesday to give students and educators an idea of how the admissions test will change in two years.

In addition to making the controversial essay portion optional, in its most sweeping overhaul in years the Princeton-based testing service said its new questions will be more geared toward gauging what students actually learned in high school, problem-solving, and reading comprehension in the real world.

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