Major Changes Coming to the SAT

College Board president David Coleman has announced that major changes are ahead for the SAT, “so that it better meets the needs of students, schools, and colleges at all levels.” Chyten Premier Tutors and Test Preparation president Neil Chyten stresses that students should not be concerned. “The history of the SAT is one of regular change. We will be closely monitoring these changes and developing strategies to help students excel on SAT, just as we have done in response to all the changes in the SAT over the past 30 years.”

Those changes to the SAT have included:

  • Elimination of Quantitative Comparisons
  • Deemphasizing Vocabulary
  • Increasing Emphasis on Critical Reading
  • Inclusion of Grammar and Written Essay

According to Coleman, who before taking over at the College Boards was involved in the writing of the Common Core State Standards, the board will redesign the test to more precisely focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college.