New SAT

The New SAT, New SAT Changes, SAT Changes

There are changes coming to the SAT. Do you know what they’ll be? Here’s a preview.

The new SAT — which is to come out in 2015 — will no longer be filled with big words that you may never hear again in life…words that you only learned for the SAT. We think this is a bit sad as for so many students, this is such a great opportunity to actually expand their vocabularies. So many of the math tricks prove utterly useless in life as students don’t end up using the Pythagorean theorem on a regular basis, but vocabulary comes up daily! There will be a generation of young adults who don’t know what words like plethora, copious, and arcane mean. That’s lame. The new SAT will instead feature words that are more commonly used in everyday life like “synthesis” and “distill,” as according to a “New York Times” article entitled “What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like” by Tamar Lewin.

And changes are coming to the math section of the SAT as well. As quoted in the piece by Tamar Lewin, “‘There are a few things that matter disproportionately, like proportional reasoning, linear equations and linear functions,’ Mr. [David] Coleman, [president of the College Board] said. ‘Those are the kinds of things we’re going to concentrate on.’ ‘And it shouldn’t just be about picking the right answer,’ he said. ‘It should be about being able to explain, and see, the applications of this math.'” That makes sense to us.

Mr. Coleman wants the SAT to better fit with what students are learning every day in classrooms across America. He does not believe that the current test accomplishes this and as the new president, he expressed an eagerness to make changes early on. He wants the time that students take to prepare for the SAT to be prep that is actually worthwhile. He doesn’t feel the prep students currently do is worthwhile because the SAT doesn’t fit so well with in-classroom learning. He believes AP tests are the model that he hopes to replicate with the new SAT.

What do you think about the changes coming to the SAT? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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  • Rosemary Laberee says:

    Am I the only one made uneasy by the fact that the College Board collaborated and provided strong guidance in the development of the new Common Core Standards AND also has a corner on the market for standardized testing, once Common Core is “finished” with our kids?

    The SATs, the Subject Tests, the AP exams and, now, the Common Core Standards are ALL underwritten and developed by the College Board. That’s a lot of power concentrated in one place. The results of all these tests decide the futures of our students – bad results and the student is off to ABC State College, great results and he has a shot at the Ivy or potted-Ivy League schools (not to mention the scholarship opportunities gained or lost).

    Are the universities telling the College Board what kind of knowledge base they seek in an applicant, or is the College Board telling the university? Either way, I wish I could see the memos.

    Personally, I love that private industry is doing this rather that state or federal governments, but a little more competition is needed to keep the College Board virtuous. The ACT is out there, all alone and dwarfed by the assorted powers wielded by the CB.

    Ro L.

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