NEW YORK -- It's not quite Spring Break yet, which means there's still some work to do before that long-awaited R&R -- like the dreaded SAT. A newer version of the test is set to be rolled out nationwide starting Saturday.
We start this lesson with the vocabulary questions. You won't have to waste time deciphering all those obscure SAT words that used to dominate the vocabulary portion of the test as the new vocabulary has been simplified.
Get ready for a lot more reading. Students will be expected to read over 4,500 words in an hour. Plus, they'll have to answer 100 questions, but the essay section of the test is now optional.
Also, there are no more wrong answers, in a sense. There used to be a quarter-point penalty for every incorrect answer. That's now done.
These changes are in response to colleges who thought the old SAT was outdated and were allowing the test to be optional. Another reason for the changes? Leveling the playing field.
As of now student's score on the SAT is directly related to their parents' income. The higher the income, the higher the test score. Now the test makers have released a series of free online prep courses.
That ends our SAT lesson for the day, good luck!