You may not recognize the new SAT

The last major changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) came in 2005, but now the SAT to be released in spring 2016 will undergo major changes according to the College Board. 

In an attempt to prevent students from just filling in bubbles, the College Board has redesigned the SAT with three sections: evidence-based reading and writing, math and an optional essay. The test will shift back to a score scale of 1600 points with a separate score for the essay, and test takers won't be penalized for incorrect answers. The redesigned test will take about three hours with an additional 50 minutes for the essay. The test will be in computer and paper format.

The College Board decided to change the test "to create more opportunities for students, rather than obstructing them with test questions that felt detached from their educations and the preparation colleges needed," according to College Board President and CEO David Coleman.

To prepare students for the test, the College Board is partnering with the Kahn Academy to provide free test preparation materials starting next spring. The Kahn Academy is a non-profit educational website which provides free educational resources. Right now, students can access previously unreleased questions from past SAT exams, as well as videos with step-by-step solutions through Kahn's website.

Next month, the College Board will be releasing more details about the new test and providing sample test questions.