The College Board announced Wednesday changes to the SAT college administration test. Officials with the board announced beginning in 2016, the standardized test will return to a 1,600 scale system, a scale which was last used back in 2004.
Beginning in 2016, the test will be available in both print and digital formats and the essay portion of the exam will also be optional and is graded separately from the rest of the exam.
Officials hope the changes will reflect more with what students are learning in the classroom. In eastern Iowa, many students take the ACT standardized test instead of the SAT.
Officials with the Waterloo School District tell KWWL, ten or less students take the SAT annually, most of the students take the ACT test instead. Many students in the Midwest choose to take the ACT rather than the SAT because hundred of colleges no longer require the SAT for admissions decisions.
Elena Williams is a senior at Waterloo West High School. She said she took both the ACT and the SAT exam so she could choose her best score to send to potential colleges from both the tests.
"It gave me options." Williams said Wednesday. "In my case, I scored pretty much the same on both the ACT and the SAT, which is good, that is probably how it should be, but it did give me the option to give schools the score I preferred."