Changes are ahead for the SAT, and they don't just impact how or what students are tested on; they might impact university acceptance.
The changes will make the essay portion optional and the test will revert back to a 1,600-point scale.
For four-year universities, especially competitive ones like the University of Virginia, this could change which students are accepted. The testing changes won't impact community colleges the same way. In fact, Piedmont Virginia Community College doesn't even require SAT scores for admission.
The president of PVCC, Frank Friedman, says the only way students applying there might be affected is by what course level they start in. For example, based on SAT scores some students can jump right into college algebra, while others might have to take a pre-college level course first.
"The SAT scores can substitute for the normal placement tests we use, so we have a cutoff score for the SAT that indicates a student is ready for college-level courses,” Friedman said.
Friedman says it's too early to tell how the new SAT format will affect that testing cutoff score.
As for other changes in the test, obscure vocabulary words will also be nixed and replaced with words commonly used in college courses.