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The SAT Is Getting a Makeover

By 2016, mandatory essays, obscure vocabulary words, and penalties for guessing wrong will no longer be part of the SATs. The College Board, an organization that helps prepare students for higher education with the test, announced today that the critical college admissions exam does not focus enough on important academic skills. According to The New York Times, upcoming changes include swapping out vocabulary words such as “depreciatory” and “membranous” for more common college terms like ”empirical” and “synthesis.” The essay will become optional and those who choose to write one will be asked to analyze a passage for its use of evidence, style, and reasoning, rather than discuss their opinions and experiences. 

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