Three reasons to love the new SAT

Lauren Kriss

Freshmen, rejoice. As the College Board’s chosen ones, the class of 2016 will take the redesigned SAT. Previewing a potentially glorious moment in history for college hopefuls around the U.S., particularly T-Wolves, here are the three most pivotal changes.

1.No penalty for guessing wrong

Even though that fourth of a point seems inconsequential, anyone who has felt the anxiety associated with comparing scores to admission rates of all the various universities knows that every percentage of point matters. Future test takers will also save time by eliminating the decision process of bubbling a confusing question or not.

2.“Relevant Words in Context”

Goodbye, ridiculous SAT vocab. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. While the test will still assess vocabulary, the revised section will consist of what College Board calls “relevant words in context.” Special SAT vocabulary books shouldn’t be necessary, and forget flashcards.

3. Essay Optional

Not everyone is writer. Our friends (friends?) at College Board seem to think that is just fine, like the people behind the popular SAT alternative, the ACT. All though I’m sure our counselors will still recommend it, it must be comforting for some to know that it isn’t required.

While these changes, along with several other substantial changes not mentioned, remain to be seen, let’s hope the days of guessing penalties and treacherous vocabulary will soon just be wise tales we tell to our grandchildren about the days “when I was a kid.”