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Pencils down: Major colleges drop essay test requirement

The SAT and ACT essay tests began with fanfare in 2005, a bid to assess the writing chops of college-bound students under the pressure of a clock. Now, many colleges say time's up for those exams. (Pr... read more

SAT overhaul to make essay optional, end penalty for wrong answers

In a major ... college entrance exam, students starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, will not be penalized for wrong answers and will not be able to freely use calculators. Th... read more

Revamped, More Challenging SAT Arrives Next Month

A calculator is allowed on some parts of the test and not on others, so some educators are encouraging students to brush up on paper and pencil calculations. The essay was made optional ... in the pas... read more

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Illinois to offer more ways to gain high school equivalency

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Tablets Pose Challenges for Online Test Takers, Studies Finding

And the most comprehensive studies to date—analyses of 2014-15 test results from millions of students who took the Common Core-aligned tests of the country's two major assessment consortia ... of Read... read more

SAT overhaul to make essay optional, end penalty for wrong answers

In a major ... SAT college entrance exam, students starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, will not be penalized for wrong answers and will not be able to freely use calculators ... read more



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