Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, was featured today in an article of “The Daily Pennsylvanian” entitled “Major changes come to the SAT.” As you may know, the College Board unveiled a major overhaul to the SAT yesterday. This overhaul included making the essay section optional, restricting calculator use to certain math sections (not all), testing vocabulary that is more relevant to college coursework (less obscure words), and a “founding document” (as in from American history) will be featured on every exam.
As quoted in the newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, “Bev Taylor, the founder of Manhattan-based consulting firm Ivy Coach, sees the changes as mainly a business decision because ‘the College Board felt like they lost bragging rights in 2013 when over 2,000 more students took the ACT,’ she said. ‘That’s enough to do something drastic.’ Taylor believes the changes will not affect the decision process for college admissions. She pointed out that most top colleges have been considering the essay portion of the exam as an SAT Subject Test, not as a part of the real SAT. ‘Ever since College Board changed it to 2400, nobody in admissions really understood that score,’ she said. However, Taylor finds it likely that top colleges will make the optional essay section required, just as they do for the essay part of the ACT.
Do you agree that the most highly selective colleges in the country will require that students do the essay section? And do you think the College Board’s decision to overhaul the exam was — at least in part — a strategic business decision? We sure do! Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you about the major overhaul to the SAT.