David Coleman reported on The Redesigned SAT today. Below are some highlights. DeliveringOpportunity.org will provide all specifics of the new SAT. The New SAT will be:
- Focused and Clear
- Useful and Open (applicable to work in college and career settings)
- Based upon what is currently taught in class
The Content of the Redesigned SAT will include Three Sections
1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing:
- The exam will showcase students command of evidence rather than picking right answers.
- Students will be asked to locate the evidence that supports the answers.
- Students will read and analyze a wide range of texts (Science, Social Studies etc) – This sounds very similar to the current ACT
- Students will work with narratives and graphs – students must be data analysts
- Students will analyze texts.
- There will be no more sentence completion
- Vocabulary will be “powerful words” like synthesis and its various meanings
2. The Essay
- Assignment will be to analyze the core argument of a text.
- Directions will be: As you read the passage in front of you, consider how the author uses evidence, reasoning, and stylistic or persuasive elements to add power to the ideas expressed.
- Essay will be optional on the SAT (like the current ACT)
- Will focus on three areas:
- problem solving and data analysis (ratios, proportions..)
- the heart of algebra (linear equations and systems)
- passport to advanced math (the math that opens doors of opportunity – calculus will be included)
- Students will be presented with a scenario to which they will apply the math they have learned.
- There will be calculator and non calculator sections of the SAT.
- America’s Founding Documents and Global Conversation will be included on the Redesigned SAT.
- The new exam will be given spring 2016 It will be offered both through computer and pencil and paper.
- The new test length will be 3 hours with an optional 50 minute essay
- The New SAT will return to the 1600 score
- The essay will be scored separately.
- The penalty for wrong answers will be removed.
- April 16 the full blue print for the exams and sample questions of the New SAT will be revealed.
- Khan Academy will provide FREE test prep. It will be adaptive. It will provide customized learning. Khan Academy has always been a cornerstone of learning at EdNavigators. As EdNavigators students know, Khan Academy has provided answers to the questions in the College Board Blue Book for a while. We are thrilled about this new partnership. We are looking forward to the Khan Academy SAT Prep. Khan Academy SAT prep will be found at: khanacademy.org/sat
Sandy Aprahamian, Principal, Educational Consultant – EdNavigators