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New SAT Launches with Relative Calm Among Test Takers

The College Board gave the new SAT for the first time Saturday — crucial not only for the students taking it but for the College Board. With more colleges than ever before going test optional and the ACT gaining market share, the changes in the test were designed to address longstanding criticisms.

The ultimate success of the changes won’t be evident for a while, and will depend in part on scores and how different groups of students perform and how colleges view the results. But if the first test of the new test was to have it given without major glitches, the College Board may just have pulled that off.