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SAT college entrance exam, a dreaded rite of passage, to get another makeover

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The SAT – that dreaded rite of passage for teenagers planning to go to college – will get a thorough redesign by the College Board.

Sometimes even a test can use a makeover.  

The SAT – that dreaded rite of passage for teenagers planning to go to college – will get a thorough redesign by the College Board.

Details about the changes have not yet been released. The last time the test was overhauled was in 2005, when a writing section was added and a perfect score was bumped from 1,600 to 2,400.

One reason for the changes is to align the test with the Common Core curriculum, which are the new learning standards adopted by 45 states.

"An improved SAT will strongly focus on the core knowledge and skills that evidence shows are most important to prepare students for the rigors of college and career," David Coleman, president of the College Board said in a statement.

Coleman called it an ambitious effort to better meet the needs of students and schools.  

The SAT reigned supreme as the college entrance exam of choice, but was taken over by the ACT, in 2011.

There is, however, a growing list of schools dropping both the SAT and ACT as application requirements, according to the New York Times. The newspaper reports that Fairtest.org, a standardized testing watchdog, said more than a quarter of all American colleges and universities are now test-optional in some form.

Vanessa Romo can be reached at vromo@scpr.org and on Twitter @vanromo

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