Mar 6, 2014 7:15 PM by Leah Kraus

New SAT changes could make test more popular according to educators

Just hearing the phrase "you have 30 minutes to complete this section" probably gives you the jitters and sends you back to when you took the SAT.

But big changes are in store for the exam, which schools say is losing popularity. Right now, the ACT trumps the SAT.

Laura Raborg, of Sylvan Learning Center says her daughter decided to opt out of taking the SAT.

"The SAT focuses more on school achievement and critical reasoning skills," she says.

Sylvan Learning Center says the ACT relates more to what students are actually learning in school and what will be important for them moving forward to be successful in college and the future.

The new changes include a now optional essay, more common vocabulary words, no penalty issued for wrong answers, and math that focuses more on algebra rather than pre-calc and trigonometry.

"It's important to note that the SAT has not changed since 2005," says Kari Sanders, owner of Sylvan Learning Center on N. Academy in Colorado Springs. "The words that these students are seeing right now, they've never seen them before and they're never going to see them again."

The new changes officially go into effect in 2016.



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