January 26 — 3:04 pm, 2016

The SAT is undergoing a permutation

The press release headline: The College Board Elegizes Anachronistic Verbiage with Recondite Panegyric; Celebrates Final Administration of the Extant SAT® on Jan. 23

This is a great press release, worth reprinting in full, as the College Board announces that big changes are coming to the SAT college admission test – namely, goodbye to all those big words whose definitions many of us remember trying to memorize in order to get a high score.  

The press release does not elaborate on what will replace them, other than to say that the new test will focus "on the few things that matter most for college, work, and life." This link gives more details.

The redesigned test will debut in March.

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Throughout its 100-year history, the abstruse vocabulary words of the SAT® have engendered prodigious vexation in millions of examinees annually. On Saturday, Jan. 23, students across the country participated in the terminal transpiration of the SAT in its habituated gestalt.

To adumbrate the changes to be manifest in future administrations of the assessment: The new SAT will be more trenchant and pellucid, and the format will no longer pertinaciously reward students who punctiliously engage in the antediluvian praxis of committing idiosyncratic words to memory.

College Board President David Coleman promulgated, "Your invectives and maledictions have been heard. Clemency has been granted."

Many within the College Board and the academic community expressed a paucity of maudlin or mawkish emotion in response to the announcement.

"This is a new beginning for the SAT. Gone are obscure vocabulary words and tricky logic questions that are disconnected from the work students do every day," said Stacy Caldwell, vice president of the SAT Program at the College Board. "Moving forward, students will encounter a test that focuses on the few things that matter most for college, work, and life. We believe these changes will benefit students and educators alike."

The redesigned SAT will debut on March 5, 2016.






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