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Changes to ACT and SAT Ahead in 2015-16


Say goodbye to words like “prevaricator” and “sagacious.”

The new SAT, scheduled to roll out in March 2016, will “focus on vocabulary that students are likely to use again in college and career,” according to an article published in Forbes.

The test will also be more aligned to the lessons teens learn in high school, writes Jim Montoya, a vice president of the College Board. In addition, students will no longer be penalized for guessing.

The College Board, which oversees the SAT, partnered with Khan Academy to release practice materials last month for the new test.

“We listened to feedback from students, parents, teachers, and college and university professionals,” Montoya said in his article. “The result is a test that is more useful, focused, and clear.”

Changes are also ahead for the ACT. Starting this fall, students who take the essay portion of the exam will be asked “to evaluate multiple perspectives on a complex issue and to generate an argument based on reasoning,” according to the test’s website. Previously, the ACT’s writing test was considered an “exercise in classic persuasion.”

The new test seeks to measure the writing skills that students will need in college and in the workplace, according to ACT.