Not surprising that a step like this ultimately would take place; just disappointing that it would take being outdone by ACT to make it happen!
The College Board explores plans for a ‘new’ SAT®
The last time the College Board tinkered with the SAT® was in 2005. While no tears were shed over the elimination of “analogies” and “quantitative comparisons,” many openly questioned the value of adding a “writing” section that claimed little interest in the quality of an answer and helped lengthen the test-taking experience by 45 minutes.
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