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Mar 7, 2014 4:53 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Big Changes Coming to SAT Exams

CORPUS CHRISTI - Some big changes are coming to the SAT exam.

Come 2016, the test will look very different, and this year's 9th graders will be the first to experience the changes.

The big, timed essay will be optional.

Students won't lose points for incorrect answers.

The math section will narrow it's focus to algebra topics and problem solving.

Vocabulary on the test will be more accurate to what students hear and see in the classroom.

Students will also have the option of taking the test on a computer.

Dr. Janis Jordan, Assistant Superintendent with the Corpus Christi Independent School District, likes all the changes, but does have her eye on the essay that has now become optional.

"I think the caution for us (school district) is that we don't de-emphasize writing because they're making that piece optional," she says.

She says all these changes put together could help eliminate the advantage a student from a wealthier family might have. A student with greater access to expensive test preparation and tutoring.

As far as the essay goes, universities can still require a student to do that portion of the test for admission.

We actually talked to Texas A&M Corpus Christi today. They told us the changes don't matter too much to them.

They feel there are other ways to evaluate student writing, which is required on their own university application.

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