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Tutor: SAT change a "good move"

Rochester, N.Y. -- As the College Board slowly crafts a fresh SAT for 2016, students and educators like what they have heard.

Many changes have been planned for the new tests, including no more obscure words, no more penalties for wrong answers, and free SAT preparation will be offered.

I think that option is a great change that they're making to give all students an opportunity to do their best, said Asad Muhammad, a senior in the Rochester City School District.

He was able to achieve a high score on the SAT and will enroll in the University of Rochester in the fall.

While he has not seen a sample question from the test, veteran Fairport SAT tutor John Serafine said the broad changes are a good move.

As for the emphasis on helping low-income students with free test prep, Serafine said it could help, but those who can afford coaching will still have an edge.

He added that the tests have been heavily biased toward students who are voracious readers. Assessing the ability to problem solve is an improvement, Serfaine said.

For students who will take the current form of the exam, sample test forms will be offered by the College Board.

Specific changes can be found here.

 
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