THE NEW SAT IS HERE! | NewsWatch Review

The SAT has gotten a serious make-over. No more surprises, no more mystery. No more so called “SAT words” or penalty for guessing. More opportunities to practice for free. All good news for students.

The new SAT that students will take beginning in March will be more focused on what students are learning in the classroom and what research shows matters most for college success. And with this new SAT comes a new way to prepare for the test – free world class personalized SAT practice through Khan Academy. To date more than 800,000 students have logged on to and have completed 16 million problems. Students have also made use of a mobile app to scan and score paper practice SAT exams in seconds, as well as practice daily SAT questions. These free practice resources will help students know what kind of questions they should expect on the new SAT.

“What we’ve done with the new SAT is that we have redesigned it to focus on the skills that students need to be successful in college. So, some of the key changes that students will see: number 1: we are going back to the 1600 scale that many of us are familiar with. So, students will see 2 sections on the SAT; evidence based reading and writing, and math. In terms of changes to content, one of the biggest ones is that we have gotten rid of the obscure vocabulary (the so-called SAT words) that are frankly words that students don’t use again in college. We have made the essay optional, the math we have tightly focused on the topics that are most relevant to student work in their first year of math and science courses in college, and we have gotten rid of the guessing penalty; the idea here being that we want students to show their best work on the SAT, not be worried about strategies or tricks.”

About Stacy Caldwell: Stacy has been a leader in the redesign effort of the College Board’s full suite of assessments, including the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Previously, she lead the College Board’s district and student services where she worked to develop college readiness programs for all students.

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