Well, it’s not “the shot heard ’round the world,” but high school students should still pay attention: Starting in 2016, the SAT will have 8 major changes from recent years, including a reversion to a total score of 1600.
This overhaul is an effort to address legitimate complaints from students, educators, parents, and college admission officers. The goals of the College Board (which administers the SAT) were to make the test more relevant to students and outcomes less correlated to family income.
Applying to college can be overwhelming, but with proper planning students of all socio-economic backgrounds can improve their odds of getting into their colleges of choice and earning scholarships and other merit awards. Achieving an excellent SAT score is one component of the college application process (for most colleges), so it’s best to familiarize yourself with these changes early on and prepare–and practice–accordingly. Doing so can be one key to getting accepted into your dream school.