College Board: Wordle to Replace SAT
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January 25, 2022 at 7:25 pm
In a Tuesday morning statement, the College Board announced that the SAT will no longer be administered as an in-person 3-hour block. Instead, students will be required to complete and share a Wordle as the test-based portion of their college applications.
This change ends the SAT’s decades-long reign as a predominant factor in college admissions. In recent years, outcry over the test’s racist and flawed history as an aptitude test has reached a fever pitch. According to their statement, the College Board has decided that “the only rational move to make in this situation is a shift to a much more accurate, fair assessment of intelligence: Wordle.”
The transition to Wordle gives students the option to prove their academic prowess in a virtual format, whenever they so choose. Similarly to the SAT, they may complete as many Wordles as they like until they are satisfied with their score. This will eliminate cost barriers that the SATs have historically imposed on underserved students.
Despite these benefits, some fear that this change may come with a new wave of cheating and answer-sharing. In response to these critics, the College Board has assured that they will provide honesty audits to students who want to be seen as credible for the low cost of $96.
“We also think that this will be a much more acceptable thing to post on social media,” concludes the College Board statement. “If there’s one thing that everyone wants to see on Facebook, it’s your Wordle score—the SAT? Not so much,”
Many schools have already announced that they will be going Wordle-optional for the foreseeable future, including Ivy League schools, Brown and Cornell.