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Big Changes Coming to the SAT

The College Board, which designs and manages the widely used SAT college entrance exam, has announced that some big changes are coming:

David Coleman, president of the College Board, which creates and administers the SAT, e-mailed his 6,000 members on Tuesday to inform them that the board will redesign the test to more sharply focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college.

In his brief message, Coleman called the project an “ambitious endeavor” but did not provide details about why the College Board wants to change the exam, how long it will take or what the process will entail.

Coleman, through a spokesman, declined to comment Tuesday.

The overhaul comes as the SAT is starting to lose market share to a rival standardized exam, the ACT…

In 2011, the number of students who took the ACT surpassed the SAT for the first time, and Coleman suggested in his e-mail that one reason for the makeover is to ensure that the SAT is relevant.

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