Under new SAT, 1,600 is perfect again

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Thursday March 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The perfect score will be 1,600 again, and the essay will be optional. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

Other big changes: Students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers. The vocabulary is also shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.

College Board officials say the update -- the first since 2005 -- is needed to make the exam more representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press)

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