In early 2013, the College Board announced plans to change the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to a newly designed test to be first administered in March 2016. These changes were met with mixed feelings in the La Crescenta community.
Some of the changes include reverting back to the 1600 scale that was used before 2005, excluding penalties for wrong answers and complex words, and making the essay optional. Regarding these changes, one upperclassmen told JSR that the changes “benefit… underclassmen, so they should be pretty happy about some of these changes.”
Generally, juniors and seniors are unconcerned because they will not have to take the new test.
When interviewed by JSR regarding the changes, Crescenta Valley High School junior Joshua Kim replied, “I’m honestly pretty relieved [that] the changes don’t have anything to do with me while I’m in high school.”
However, freshmen and sophomores who will be the first takers of the newly designed test are more uneasy. Some believe that the changes are unfair.
Josephine Lee, a sophomore, told JSR, “I’ve already had a general idea of the old SAT and its format, but now that the SAT is changing, I have to get used to a new format.”
Yet, some current freshmen and sophomores see the new SAT as an opportunity to score higher.
Rachel Shin, a freshman attending Crescenta Valley, told JSR, “I’m glad College Board gave us a chance to score higher by getting rid of the score penalties, but now I’m nervous because now this increases the chance of other people getting high scores as well.”