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College Board’s Coleman: New SAT Helping Wider Range of Students

The president of the College Board hinted Tuesday that the new SAT has enabled a broader range of students to perform well on the college-admissions exam.

In an appearance at the Education Writers Association national seminar here (in Boston), David Coleman said that early data suggest that “a wider set of students can show their talents” on the newly redesigned SAT, which made its debut March 5, than on the previous version of the test.

Coleman wouldn’t provide further details, since the data are still preliminary. But he mentioned the early direction in the data because it reflects a pivotal part of his agenda: making the college-preparation and admissions process more accessible to students who have struggled to participate in it.