POSTED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:01pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — Big changes are coming to the SAT test. The essay portion will be optional, they're taking out some of those ridiculously hard vocabulary words and other major adjustments. When the SAT first came out , it was used to determine if high school students were college ready. Now, it's used for admission purposes.
"The test is measuring what a student already knows, what they've already been taught and what they've already been tested over so it should be a fair measurement of that," said CEO of Capstone College & Career Advising Donna Spann.
A lot of students preparing for college avoided the SAT.
"I really did hear the ACT was a little bit easier than the SAT because there wasn't so much critical thinking," said college student Rebecca Daniels.
But, Spann said she agrees with the College Board president's decision.
"When you take out a four hour portion of a student and you're staying within that four hours in that testing environment than that's going to be the determinate on whether a student is accepted into a college or university. I feel like that's not really fair either," said Spann.
Some students who already took the SAT agree these changes could help high schoolers who struggle with test taking.
The scoring scale will go from 2400 back to 1600.
Also, College Board knew a lot of students did not have the extra resources to hire a SAT tutor for the test. They partnered with Kahn Academy, to provide free practice problems and instructional videos.