Changes coming in 2016 to the SAT:
• No more extra penalties for wrong answers.
• Essay portion will be optional.
• Score scale will be 1,600 with a separate score for the essay compared to today’s possible total of 2,400.
• Can be taken in either paper or digital form, not just by using a pencil.
• Will include a passage drawn from “founding documents” such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they inspire.
• Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the math section, not on the entire section.
• Students will be asked to analyze both text and data in real-world contexts instead of answering questions that don’t require that.
• Vocabulary words more widely used in classroom and work settings will replace more obscure vocabulary words.
• Essays will measure students’ ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument, not just students’ ability to construct an argument.
• The math section will draw from fewer topics instead of a wide range.