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College Board Shakes Up SAT

The organization that runs the SAT said Wednesday it is shaking up the college-entrance exam and offering free online help, throwing a curve to the $1 billion test-preparation industry that has grown up around it.

Out are obscure vocabulary words, mandatory essays, a deduction for incorrect answers and the 2400-point grading scale launched in 2005. In are questions that demand more analysis and familiarity with a narrower range of subjects as well as a return to the longtime 1600-point scale.