The revised format of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is expected to do away with difficult or unclear words to test students, as per the sample questions of SAT released by the New York based College Board, which administers the examination. The draft test specifications were published on the website of the College Board on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to give an idea to the students on the changes in the SAT format.
A majority of the colleges and universities in the United States (US) need American College Testing (ACT) or SAT examination scores to grant admission to students. The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. It tests students' knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics. According to recent reports, SAT is expected to undergo an overhaul in the course of the next two years and the revised SAT examination will be implemented from 2016. It will do away with some topics and will focus on topics which are deemed more relevant to a student’s success in college as well as career, as per College Board officials.
The redesigned SAT will eliminate the earlier mandatory essays, penalty for incorrect answers and obscure vocabulary words. The new format will also lay emphasis on punctuation as well as correct sentence structure. Moreover, the focus on Mathematics will have a more streamlined approach. The section will focus on Algebra as well as Problem-Solving by applying real-life situations. There will be questions framed on a passage from the constitution of US as well as other founding documents of the nation for every student, added the officials of the College Board.
The new pattern is in the process of being formulated. The sample questions as well as guidelines are expected to undergo further revisions. The final changes to be implemented on SAT will be subjected to extensive review, as per College Board officials.
Source: The Times of India