The SAT has long been the most popular college placement exam, and in the spring of 2016, the test is getting a major facelift. The test is changing key components, such as the vocabulary and essay portions of the test , as well as adopting a new point-scale in an effort to more effectively tie high school classwork to the college entrance exam. These change will greatly effect future college students, and might have an effect on lower income families and future student workers, as many scholarships are tied to SAT scores.
After the changes were announced last week many Twitter users took to the web to discuss their opinions on some of the key changes.
Some of the comments were playful or sarcastic
If they would have implemented the changes of the SAT in 2012 I would have been at Yale.
— Kass (@ksushimi) March 17, 2014
some were optimistic about the future of the test
The new SAT changes are further proof that this country is turning into a lazy, constant complaining shitpit.
— Nick Bonanzio (@NickB925) March 6, 2014
others were more critical about the nature of the changes
Lmaooooo I can't liveeeee!!! But for real though. 2016 kids will be dumb as hell with all those SAT changes
— Foh.Lah.Kay (@foot_locka) March 12, 2014
some Twitter users even expressed fear for the future generation of college students
The 2020 SAT changes will proposes giving half-credit for wrong math answers…. After all, just showing up IS 90% of a High School education…
— Ari Costello (@AriCostello) March 12, 2014
That SAT essay I bombed? Now optional. Guess I could have skipped the remedial english major. http://t.co/whtike9VkV? #1600
— J M Cassetta (@johnmcassetta) March 12, 2014
That SAT changes worry me more than piss me off. Why? It's getting easier. That means it's okay for kids not to be challenged. Wrong move.
— Michael Kim (@treboldiamante) March 7, 2014
some of the harshest criticism for the changes came from students and young adults
the freshman this year are getting special treatment to the extreme with no proficiencies and the SAT changes. LIKE WHAT NO
— tay© (@tayycatlett) March 7, 2014
While the tone of the conversation seems to weigh in on the negative side, there are still those who believe the changes being made are improvements.
Definitely a move in the right direction. Education evolves; so must its instruments. http://t.co/yFZnm89kE2
— Brenda Williams (@bwilliams123) March 12, 2014
While others, perhaps begrudgingly, admit that the changes may still have little effect on college admission.
People are mad at the changes to the SAT? You realize that colleges know that the test is changing too and will adjust accordingly, right?
— Josh Steinkopf (@jjsteinkopf) March 12, 2014