According to reports from the College Board, nearly 1.4 million students took up the newly designed SAT examination between March and June this year. The board says that it is up about 180,000 test takers over the same period last year. Looks like the students are not scared off by the new version of the SAT entrance exam. The new version of the test was introduced in March 2016.
SAT also known as the Schlolastic Aptitude Test is a standardised test widely used for undergraduate college admissions in the USA. The new version of SAT is held for 3 hours and a plus 50 additional minutes to complete the essay.
The newer version of the test focuses more on the real-world vocabulary and learning. Some college advisers were a little cautious about encouraging students to take the debut test since it had a new format and was not as familiar to students.
The College Board said it will not be releasing average score results for the new SAT exam until next fall when it has full year of data on graduating seniors for the 2016-2017 school year.
About 90% of the 2016 graduating senior students took SAT in the old format before its final run earlier this year. According to reports, the average scores for the 2016 old SAT exam saw a decline across all the sections.
New in SAT exam
The board has made certain changes in the SAT exam. The exam, however, still is to test the critical reading and math skills but the essay portion of the test is now optional.
The redesign of the test focuses more on math and on those areas that matter for college and career readiness and shifts away from obscure vocabulary words that do not typically find their way into most higher educational institutions.
On the new SAT, there is no longer a penalty for guessing on a question. And the top score goes back to 1,600 with a separate score for the essay, compared with the previous test's total of 2,400 - 800 points for each of the three categories.
Also new in the 2015-2016 school year: more tests from the College Board.