Dallas, TX - May 27, 2015 - (PR.com) - For the first time in almost a decade, the College Board has decided to update the SAT to better represent and track what students have actually learned in high school and to provide them with a better tool to prepare for college. After the number of students who took the ACT surpassed those who took the SAT in 2012, the College Board came to realize that the SAT had become disconnected from the skills learned in high school and needed to undergo major changes to better meet the needs of students across the nation. The new version of the SAT will debut in the spring of 2016. The College Board is on a new mission to best serve higher education by propelling students toward success in college and work.
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“We are very pleased the SAT will be more aligned with students’ curriculum and have a deeper focus on the important academic skills they’ve learned in school,” said Corne Lombard, business owner of Tutor Doctor of Carrollton/Dallas. “At Tutor Doctor of Carrollton/Dallas, our tutors support teachers by working collaboratively with the school structure to help students learn new material while excelling at the topics they’re learning in school.
This collaborative approach helps students succeed during their undergraduate studies while preparing them for college.” The overarching goal of the redesigned SAT exam is to better serve higher education by guiding students toward success in college. Rather than forcing them to cram and rely on time consuming, costly test-prep courses, the new format will reinforce the skills and evidence-based thinking that students should be learning in high school. Some of the drastic changes include eliminating the guessing penalty, replacing complex vocabulary words with those used more commonly in the college setting, and making the dreaded essay optional. Those who pursue the writing section will have 50 minutes to read and analyze a document and build an argument based on the author’s use of evidence and reasoning.
Furthermore, the time will be reduced to three hours and the overall scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale, based on a top score of 800 in reading and math, with a separate score for the essay. As an attempt to focus on more practical material, the SAT will include three evidence-based sections, including reading, writing and math. The reading and writing sections will include source documents from disciplines including science and social studies, along with a passage from one of the nation’s founding documents or important historical discussions, which are taught during history and social studies courses. The reading section will also require students to provide more evidence to support their responses. The math section will prohibit the use of a calculator for some of the sections and will specifically focus on linear equations, functions and proportional thinking. Furthermore, programs will be initiated to make the test and test preparation resources more widely accessible to all students, including low- and middle-income students, giving everyone an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
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