In SAT redo, no essay or guessing penalty

Posted: March 6, 2014 at 5:17 a.m.

College Board President David Coleman (left) attends an event Wednesday in Austin, Texas where officials announced an overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, the first since 2005.

Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, eliminating obligatory essays, ending the long-standing penalty for guessing incorrectly and cutting obscure vocabulary words.

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