Scores will be based on an English section and a mathematics section; each will be scored on a scale of 200-800, meaning possible composite scores will range from 400 to 1600. Previously, the test included a writing section that was also scored between 200 and 800, totaling a possible 2400.
“It’s pretty disheartening to hear that they’ve excluded the writing section,” senior Iram Carranza said. “I feel like it’s going to be a detriment for many students who relied on that section to maximize the amount of points we receive, like myself.”
The guessing penalty, which previously resulted in the subtraction of 1/4 of a point for incorrect answers, has been relinquished. Points will no longer be subtracted for incorrect answers.
“I think that’s a good thing,” Moore said. “It makes so much more sense to eliminate a guessing penalty since it’s more cut-and-dry. You either got it, or you didn’t.”