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Children First: Rapid City students welcome SAT changes

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To college-bound students, acing the college entrance exams, the SAT or ACT is a must. And students who are freshmen in high school right now will be seeing a different SAT test by the time they are ready to take it.

Some of the major changes that students will see on the SAT include more commonly used vocabulary in high school, the one-fourth point penalty for wrong answers will be taken away, and the essay portion of the exam will be optional.

Students say these changes will make them more confident come test time. 

Jason Samuelsen, Stevens High School, says the new SAT will be effective. " I think
they'll help students reason out their ideas more," said Samuelsen.

Jack Storm, also a Stevens student, says the changes could give students more confidence. "I do think the changes are good, they sound good," he said.

Stevens High School counselor Kathryn Sosa says the new SAT will be more relevant to what students learn in high school. "I don't think it needs to be easier but certainly more relevant ... becoming more relevant it'll be more authentic tool for the students to test," said Sosa. "It won't be a test for the sake of testing."

The official date for full SAT change disclosure is April 16. And the redesigned test will be  administered in 2016.

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