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The College Board announced Wednesday across-the-board changes to the SAT college admissions test – including a return to

the 1600-point scoring scale and a departure from the mandatory timed essay – as well as new initiatives to promote equity and opportunity for college- bound students known as new sat

Beginning in the spring of 2016, students will take a redesigned SAT the board says focuses on more relevant vocabulary words that “students will use consistently in college and beyond,” draws from fewer math topics and does not deduct points for incorrect answers, as it has done in the past. The essay section, which was first made mandatory in the SAT’s 2005 revamp that also established its current 2400-point scale, now will be optional and separately scored

“We must certainly ask ourselves if we are, together or as a group, doing all we can to advance equity and excellence,” College Board President David Coleman said while announcing the changes at the South by Southwest Education conference in Austin, Texas. Because if you look around, it sure doesn’t look like it