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Changes coming to the SATs for 2016, some think they are being dumbed down

Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 10:47 PM CST
Reported by Kyle Rogers:

SHIPPENSBURG -- Our Kyle Rogers graduated from Shippensburg not too long ago, and one of the requirements to get in was to take the SAT's.

But with some big changes coming, tutors are changing their strategies and some college kids feel like it won’t be challenging enough.

2005 was the last time College Board updated the SATs and now, a revamp to make the test more practical.

“I don’t know if I would say it’s dumbing down, but I would say they are changing with the times,” stated Kristy Shinn with Central PA Test Prep.

Some of the big changes rolling out in two years include a return to the 1600 point grading system, the now mandatory essay becoming optional and no penalties for wrong answers.

“That takes a lot of stress off of their shoulders,” Kristy believes.  Kristy tutors students taking the SATs.

“I want to believe that it is not going to be dumbing it down, it is going to be more applicable to students where they are now,” Kristy explained to us.

Test-takers won't have to worry about those SAT words, but focus more so on a practical, real-world vocabulary.

“A good vocabulary is important however if it is not words they're using or going to use when they go on to college and business and life, then I don't see it as being pertinent,” Kristy added.

“I feel like people’s vocabulary are slowly, slowly dwindling,” commented Shippensburg University senior Emilie Troupe.

“I think it is something that’s a dying art and frankly I don't think should have been taken away,” agreed Shippensburg University sophomore Otto Wallenmeyer.

Shippensburg University students are required to take the SATs, senior Emilie Troupe fears the exam may keep some students from moving forward.

“We studied really hard and we really worked really hard for this and I feel like today’s kids are kind of coddled,” admitted Emilie.

For Kristy, the new test means new ways to prepare students so one day they can to go college.

“All strategy goes out the window when there’s no penalty for guessing,” Kristy stated.
This new SAT plan will start in spring 2016, so that means all freshman in high schools now will take the new test.

The test times will be shorter and for the first time, will be offered both on paper and online.
Changes coming to the SATs for 2016, some think they are being dumbed down

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