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Leaders of the College Board, an organization that runs the SAT exam, say that the two skills students should master for success are computer science and a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

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Young people learn countless skills in school, but apparently, there are two that are considered most important for future success.

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman wrote on Wednesday that the leaders of the College Board, the nonprofit organization that runs the SAT exam, value the ability to master computer science and the US Constitution more than any other skills.

Friedman said he spoke to two acquaintances at the College Board, who explained their reasoning. Mastering computing skills like basic coding makes students "more prepared for nearly every job" in the modern world, they said, while the Constitution "gives shape to America and defines our essential liberties" and is "the indispensable guide to our lives as productive citizens."

Now, the nonprofit is tailoring the SAT and its Advanced Placement classes around promoting those two skills. For example, since 2014, the SAT has included at least one reading comprehension passage from founding US documents, like the Constitution, or other important texts relating to democracy.

Additionally, AP government courses are now placing more emphasis on founding documents and Supreme Court cases, he said.

"Understanding how government works is the essence of power," Stefanie Sanford, the College Board's chief of global policy, told Friedman.

Meanwhile, the board is also changing its angle on computer science. While the old AP Computer Science course focused on coding and programming, the board now pitches its new Computer Science Principles course as a gateway for students to build apps in a variety of industries like music, business, and art.

Read the full article about most important skills that students must learn by Mark Abadi at Business Insider