Students to see new SAT tests in 2016


MISSOULA, Mont. - In 2016, high school students will experience an overhauled SAT test, with new types of questions and some major changes. The SAT is a college entrance exam that 1.7 million students took last year. One new direction is the use of vocabulary more tuned into real world applications, with words you might see in the workplace. For instance, instead of "punctilious," you may see "synthesis" instead. There will be no extra penalty for wrong answers, and there's going to be a computer version of the test available to take. The math section will be narrowed down, and the College Board says the problems will "Matter most for college and career readiness and success." Another big change is the essay question. It will be optional, and if the student does it, rather than offering their opinion on a topic, they'll read a passage and analyze the argument. There are also going to be questions about founding documents, like the Declaration of Independence. NBC Montana visited Hellgate High School in Missoula on Friday to gather student reactions. "I think it could be a good thing and a bad thing. [Without the essay question], it's going to be a shorter test, so it will be good," said Hellgate senior Preston Appelhans. "I think it's a really, really good thing, because it puts a lot of stress on everyone and it will be just be a little bit more relaxed," said Hellgate senior Shea Lachman. "I think it's going to be pretty good. I'm disappointed that I won't be able to take it, because that will be after I'm a senior," said Hellgate sophomore Sarah Sanz. "I think it's a good thing. It kind of advances into the modern world," said Hellgate sophomore Drae Howell. The test was last changed in 2005. Back then, the essay was added to the test and analogy questions were taken off.