A Preview of What the Redesigned SAT Will Look Like in 2016

With all of the hype, I would wager that the recently announced changes to the SAT will be around for a while. The last big change was in 2005 when analogies and quantitative comparisons were dropped and the Writing Section was added to make the exam almost 4 hours long. The College Board recently released more information about the redesigned SAT scheduled to debut in March, 2016. Here's your preview of the new test . . . As of now, there are three multiple choice sections of the SAT: • Critical Reading Skills: with an emphasis on picking up on nuanced implications and inferences and vocabulary in terms of choosing the word or words that 'fits' a sentence's core idea best • Logical Reasoning with Numbers: but does not actually test much high level math • Writing (grammar): by having students identify sentence errors and best sentence restatements • Essay Writing: which many schools do not even consider - asks students to take a stance on...
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Changes Coming to the SAT . . . Not to Worry!

So you heard the press . . . MAJOR changes coming to the SAT. As the headline says, “Not to worry”! Please remember, that most of the 'fears' around the SAT, stem from rumors and myths about the exam. When parents and students work with me and get the facts about the test – what it's TRULY testing, the mandatory skills, mindset and strategies, how the test is used, etc. - their fears are quickly dissipated. First, let me share some of the announced changes. (David Coleman, President of the College Board who made the announcement yesterday, did not give ANY real specifics – the changes were discussed with a very broad brush.) 1. There will be reading passages from the nation's 'founding documents' such as the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights or discussions from such texts as Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. So, contrasting excerpts from discussions of King's “I Have a Dream Speech” is less...
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