In a nutshell, the czars of the SAT (the members of the College Board) have decided to make some drastic changes to the next version of the SAT. First, they’ve decided to remove the ridiculous essay. Or at least, they are making the ridiculous essay optional. Ridiculous? Yes, I think it is ridiculous. Grading an essay is subjective, not objective. And I don’t want my kid denied entry into Stanford because the College Board grader didn’t have his cappuccino yet. So, that’s a good start.
They have also decided to change the vocabulary words. Instead of
obscure confusing words and associations those comparison things, the test will now have words that are relevant simple. The College Board calls the new words “high utility” words. We no longer need to know what surfeit, torpid, and malediction mean. Hurrah. .
Details of the new test are supposed to be released today. In advance of this ground-breaking, new and improved version, today’s New Yorker contains a few of the vocabulary words that we should be expecting. Take a look. I think you’ll be pleasantly
surprised made happy.
Click here to read the New Yorker article.