You may have heard that the Scholastic Aptitude Test is being redesigned, with a new version being introduced in 2016. The testing company that creates the SAT has said that they will strive to make the test more relevant and more reflective of the content that high school students cover in their classwork. Therefore, there will be a reduced need to learn obscure words that are rarely ever used in speech or even in writing, like the word "tyro." I doubt whether anyone uses that word other than in learning it for the SAT.
One might ask, why after all these years, has the SAT administrators and developers decided to change the test? Didn't they know that they were asking the "wrong" questions 20 years ago? Didn't they consider how they were causing undue stress and anxiety among students taking the test over the years (and we are talking about a huge number of students)! How many? About 3,000,000 each year. Now I'm conjecturing that the SAT people have known that much of what they ask on the test is not relevant to everyday life or academics for a long time. Let's say that they've known for 20 years. Well, 20 x 3,000,000 equals 60,000,000. Wow! That's a lot of suffering!! Not only that, you have to PAY to take the SAT, which means you have the privilege of paying to suffer, and the College Board, (the non-profit company that administers the test) gets paid to make the test taker suffer. So, a logical question is "Why has the College Board taken so long to change the test?"
What do you think?