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Big changes for students taking the SAT announced

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The College Board announced the biggest changes to the SAT college entrance exam since 2005 on Wednesday.  

It's a complete overhaul. The exam will return to a 1600 scale, the essay will now be optional, there will be no penalty for wrong answers, it will be available in paper and digital forms, and there will be now more "obscure" words.

"The redesigned SAT will instead focus on words students will use over and over again, that open worlds to them," David Coleman, the president of the College Board, said.

The tests will also limit calculator use and include a passage from a founding document.

And for the first time ever, free test prep is being offered through the online educational program Khan Academy.

The changes will go into effect in 2016.
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