College Board drops essay portion of SAT
The Boston Globe - 03/06/2014
The College Board unveiled a sweeping redesign of the SAT test on Wednesday that scraps the essay requirement and ushers in other changes aimed at making the test more relevant to what students study in college and less susceptible to gaming through expensive test-prep courses that favor the wealthy.
Starting in the spring of 2016, the iconic 1,600 perfect score known to generations past will return, because the essay that’s been a requirement since 2005 will be dropped. In addition, students will no longer lose points for guessing wrong. Obscure vocabulary words — think “diurnal” or “pellucid” — will be pushed aside in favor of a more useful lexicon.
And the College Board essentially will start competing with the test preparation industry, offering free test preparation materials from Khan Academy, a widely admired nonprofit.