As one of two major college entrance exams, the SAT has become a dreaded rite of passage for millions of American high school students since 1926.
This Saturday, approximately 277,000 students across the U.S. will take a revamped version of the SAT.
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5:51 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that approximately 463,000 students are taking the SAT this weekend. Approximately 277,000 students are taking the SAT in its first national administration this weekend; the figure of 463,000 reflects the number of students who will have taken the new test in March, as of this weekend. Some school districts held SAT School Day this week, where all students take the test in school.
David Coleman, president of the College Board — the nonprofit business behind the SAT — announced the changes to the test two years ago. The goal, he said, was to make it better reflect what students learned in school, as opposed to obscure things learned for the sake of a test.
The new version marks the first major change to the SAT since a grammar and essay section was added in 2005. It comes amid widespread opposition to standardized testing, but the College Board says that more tests mean more opportunity for poor and minority kids whose potential might otherwise go unrecognized.
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