New SAT: Essay becomes optional and computer-based testing to be rolled out in 2016

  • by: KIMBERLY HEFLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 6, 2014 - 6:02 AM

WASHINGTON — The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."

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