Ivy Coach was featured today on the pages of the University of Pennsylvania’s newspaper, “The Daily Pennsylvanian.” The piece, written by Sophia Leporte is entitled “First high schoolers will take new SAT on Saturday” and, naturally, it discusses the SAT that will be unveiled this coming Saturday. It’s the first administration of the new SAT, after its most significant makeover in history.
As Brian of Ivy Coach asserts in the piece, “‘This is the biggest overhaul the SAT has ever made.’… Taylor believes that students in the next couple of years will be impacted most since they do not have as many resources to prepare for taking the test. ‘The problem for this year is that there aren’t old tests,’ Taylor said. ‘The best way to prep for SATs or ACTs is to take old practice tests, but the new SAT has no old tests out there.’ As a result, Taylor thinks that students this year will start to look elsewhere for their testing requirement. ‘Many students, this year in particular, I suspect, will turn to the ACT,’ Taylor said.”
We suspect there will be an uptick in ACT test-takers this year.
The article goes on, “The College Board has also made the essay optional in the new version of the test. Last year, just prior to the new SAT’s release, Penn announced that it would also be making the essay portion of the SAT and ACT optional for applicants. Despite this, Taylor thinks that students applying to Penn should still be taking the essay portion, which will require students to analyze a passage instead of the old essay, which was based on a prompt. He said that even though Penn says it’s optional, he thinks it’s still expected.”
Are you a student taking the new SAT this coming Saturday? If so, are you nervous about the changes? Do you wish you weren’t among the first students to take this new test? We’re curious to hear from you so post a Comment below and we’ll be sure to write back.