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Changes to the SAT will make it a bit more like the ACT

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LAWTON, Okla._Changes are coming to a major college admissions test and it has a lot to do with common core.

While the ACT is more commonly taken by Oklahoma students, there are still a few people that prefer to take the SAT. The new changes to the SAT will take effect in 2016 and align more with common core.

The new SAT will focus on what students are actually learning in high school like reading, writing and math. The test will be very similar to the ACT and it will no longer have a mandatory writing portion and there won't be any tricky wording.

"This will be more on content than aptitude is going to be the biggest change as I see it. And as I understand there are going to be more practical questions about everyday sorts of things and they're going to relate to science and social studies," said Howard Johnson, Center Director for Sylvan Learning Center.

Johnson said that while some people believe the SAT is being dumbed down, it's only going to be more practical.

"The fact that 54% of the kids in the United States took the ACT over the SAT last year in the United States, I think that was a message to SAT that they probably need to make their test more ACT like," said Johnson.

He went on to say that teachers who do SAT prep will have to revamp the way they think and teach.

"For instance, on the old SAT there was a penalty if you guessed and guessed wrong. On the new SAT it will be more like the ACT; they will encourage you to guess. There is no penalty for guessing wrong," said Johnson.

He says this was a good change, especially with so many states moving towards common core.

"Oklahoma is one of 45 common core states, to be more practical in what kids are being taught in school I think it is a good shift," said Johnson.

Certain colleges used to require applicants to take the SAT but now every college in the nation accepts ACT scores. The only students that would be required to take the SAT would be those applying for certain scholarships like the National Merit Scholarship.

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