SAT to drop essay requirement as part of overhaul The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out. Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-to-drop-essay-requirement-and-return-to-top-score-of-1600-in-redesign-of-admission-test/2014/03/05/2aa9eee4-a46a-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html what do you writingfolk think about this?... is it another way america is dumbing down our youth, making the ability to express oneself coherently in words no longer a necessity for entrance into the halls of higher education? or is it merely making it possible for more young people to have access to a college education? is writing being phased out of our society, bit by textspeak bit?