College Board announces SAT redesign
David Coleman, College Board president, announced plans Tuesday to radically redesign the SAT.
While specific details of the redesign have not yet been specified, a speech Coleman delivered upon taking office in October highlighted several problems with the current structure of the test which he said he hoped to correct. The writing section prioritizes accuracy of examples above writing ability, Coleman said, and the test often employs vocabulary rarely seen or used by students.
“[The new format will] align the SAT with the work that matters most for college and career readiness,” Coleman said.
Individuals applying for admission to the University are required to submit either the SAT or the ACT with writing.
Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts said he does not necessarily see the proposed test redesign as a bad thing.
“We like the SAT the way it is right now, but if they find measures to improve the SAT, that’s certainly something to be excited about,” he said.
In the months ahead, the College Board said it will work closely with its membership and partners at Educational Testing Serivce, the world’s largest nonprofit educational research and assessment organization, to better meet the needs of students and colleges.
Roberts said it’s still too early to predict the possible impact of the redesign.
“We will continue to pursue a holistic admission policy,” he said. “I don’t expect the test to become more important.”
The SAT was last altered in 2005, when an essay portion and additional testing time were added and the total possible score was increased from 1600 to 2400.