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College Board Unveils Plans For New SAT, Including A Completely Revamped Writing Test

The College Board on Wednesday announced major changes to the SAT, including a substantial revision to the writing test that was added in 2005 in the last major overhaul of the admissions test.

A number of the changes appear designed to respond to the growing chorus of criticism of the SAT. And the announcement is in some ways surprising for the extent to which it admits that some past changes didn’t work.

For example, the College Board news release on the changes notes that the writing test added in 2005 “has not contributed significantly to the overall predictive power of the exam.” Given that the SAT is designed to predict college success, and that the writing test was the most prominent change of the 2005 revisions, that’s a fairly dramatic statement.