Today the College Board announced significant changes to the SAT that will first appear on the Spring 2016 exams. In addition to the writing portion becoming optional, the new SAT will be offered in both digital and paper formats. Students are also less likely to confront obscure vocabulary words, and points will no longer be deducted for incorrect answers. Another important announcement is that Khan Academy will be providing free high-quality test prep for the new exam.

While a blueprint of the new SAT will be available to the public on April 16, 2014, highlights of the new test have been captured in many media articles including the following:

“Major Changes in SAT Announced by College Board” (The New York Times)

“A New SAT” (Inside Higher Ed)

“SAT to undergo sweeping changes” (The Boston Globe)

Curious how the new SAT compares to the current one? Check out this helpful chart.

Stay up-to-date on news regarding the new SAT by visiting and following The SAT Program @OfficialSAT on Twitter.

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