Updated: Mar 1
The COVID 19 pandemic seems to have created a setback for students in very many ways. From uncertainty about examinations to the transition to online Open Book exams, 2020, had a foggy outlay for most of the things. Now that things are on getting back on track, most of the international universities have begun their admission procedures, however, considering the multiple pressure students will have to go through, changes have been brought about to remove the redundant parts of entrance examinations so that only relevant portions can be used to test a student’s eligibility.
SAT, one of the most anticipated exams for fetching a seat in foreign universities has also been subjected to alteration, which you must be aware of. Here are some changes that the College Board has brought about in the examination.
The college board has removed the subject tests and the optional essay. The main justification behind the change is the fact the Advanced Placement exam anyways conducts similar tests in 7 subject areas as opposed to 5 subject areas of SAT. Therefore, the exam will now consist only of Math and reading and writing scores, each reported on a scale of 200-800 in ten point increments. For those looking for an opportunity to showcase their skills in a particular subject or discipline can appear for the AP exam which provides a leeway for students to choose the subject of their interest.
As far as the essay is concerned, it was optional even before the change, however, some colleges/universities did use it as a parameter. The removal isn’t a huge disadvantage, the colleges still have a plethora of other opportunities to review students’ writing skills, including writing samples, personal statements and application essays, and some AP exams. The SAT also continues to test writing skills in the Reading & Writing sections of the test without requiring the Essay.
SAT is conducted four times throughout the year, the students who have already applied for the May / June exam will have to appear for it, however, it depends on the university/ college whether or not they will consider your subject scores. After this session, the subject tests will be abolished completely. This removal however, wouldn’t bring about a change in the aggregate score as the two sections removed were marked separately, so the conventional marking pattern will continue.
If you have been preparing for the essay and have been working on your vocabulary, don’t lose heart, because it is definitely going to give you an edge when it comes to writing and language papers. It is crucial that you constantly are on the lookout for any notifications and guidelines issued by the College Board, because the world we will witness this year would be different and novice in its own way