On March 5, SAT debuted its latest and most drastic redesign in 10 years. The more intensive reading sections and increased number of word problems in the math section had many students worried. But there was good news: no more penalty for guessing and the essay is no longer required, but optional.
After taking the updated SAT, many students gave great reviews. A high school junior in D.C., Brian Keyes stated, “There aren’t as many questions where it’s trying to trick you … It was much more straightforward.” And, “by a 6 to 1 margin, students said they preferred the format of the new SAT over the previous version of the test.”