Students applying to Western Kentucky University will need a higher score on one of their entrance exams.
The College Board, the group that administers the SAT, has redesigned the test. Due to the changes, the new minimum score for acceptance at WKU is a 1020. The accepted score on the old test was a 940.
Jace Lux, director of admissions and recruitment at WKU, says the higher score doesn’t mean the test is harder to take.
"I think it's one of those cases where it's not necessarily harder, but just different. I think it's a response to some of the different methods of teaching that students are experiencing in high schools now and some of the ways they're prepared for college."
The new required score will apply to students who took the SAT after March 1 of this year. The old score will continue to be accepted if students took the SAT prior to March 1.
A passing SAT score is one of several ways students can be admitted to WKU. The ACT is the entrance exam most widely used for college admission in Kentucky.