SATs Get Major Overhaul by College Board

Required essay and obscure words are being removed from the college entrance exam.
3:00 | 03/06/14

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to those big changes coming to the S.A.T. The college admission test taken by millions of high school students every year getting a major overhaul. Gone, the required essay and those obscure words and free test preparation is being offered everyone. ABC's Cecilia Vega has the story. Reporter: The headache, the torture, the S.A.T. No time, S.A.T. Reporter: It's a fact of life in so many "Modern families." You're being a little -- Rekals traptitrant. Now it has big changes in store, vocabulary words that never actually seem to appear in the real world, gone. Year list, sagacit, perfidious replaced with words used in the classroom and on the job. Out with obscure S.A.T. Reading passages. Here's one we found from Darwin that large animals require add a luxuriant vegetation and in with more relatable text like the declaration of Independence. And here's another change, the calculator. Right now students can use it without the entire math portion of the exam. Under the new test, just in certain parts. The changes take effect in 2016 and they are meant to level the playing field. Some S.A.T. Prep courses cost as much as $20,000. Now the college board is fighting back making tutoring videos available for free. The more access that you have to information on testing, the better because your confidence level goes up and you'll likely do better on any standardized test. Reporter: No penalty for guessing. Points won't be deducted for wrong answers and writing an essay will be optional but this will still be one arduous exam. For "Good morning America," Cecilia Vega, ABC news, los Angeles. Everybody Fess up. How did you do? Back in the day. I did well. The third time I took it? I took it in seventh grade. Yeah. You really want us to give out our S.A.T. Scores? No. Yes, I do. I took the act and it was encouraged to guess. We were not penalized for just eenie, meenie mine. The fact that they'll give away the free prep for anyone. I would have loved the essay. It would have been nice, whatever. We're all well beyond it. Lease move on. The latest on the murder

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