Changes to the SAT

There will be changes forthcoming to the SAT. We don’t yet know what exactly on the test is going to change and we don’t exactly know when these changes will take effect. But the College Board’s new president, David Coleman, alluded to these changes down the line upon taking his position. In a letter to members of The College Board sent recently, Mr. Coleman wrote as referenced in a piece by Tanya Abrams on “The New York Times'” “The Choice” blog, “We will develop an assessment that mirrors the work that students will do in college so that they will practice the work they need to do to complete college…An improved SAT will strongly focus on the core knowledge and skills that evidence shows are most important to prepare students for the rigors of college and career.”

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There may be changes brewing for the SAT.

In his letter to members of The College Board, Mr. Coleman did not cite specifics. But citing source material could be a forthcoming change on the reading portion of the SAT, suggests Tanya Abrams. And maybe students won’t have to study so many vocabulary words prior to taking the exam in the future. That change, too, is a possibility. Mr. Coleman nonetheless expressed that the SAT is still the best overall standardized test out there (distancing the test from its competitor — the ACT). But we suspect his remarks are a sign that changes to the SAT are not far away.

What parts of the SAT do you think The College Board should adjust? Do you think the SAT is a fair exam? If not, why not? Do you think students should have to study so many vocabulary words prior to taking the test? We’re curious to hear your thoughts on the matter so post a comment below! And, don’t forget, Ivy Coach offers SAT tutoring to students around the world.