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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My Child Doesn’t Test Well!

I hear this all of the time . . .why is there such a discrepancy between school performance and grades? The answer usually involves several reasons. The forth reason and the most challenging reason will be discussed in depth. Grade inflation is rampant.  What does that mean?  Do all teachers in a school have the same standards for giving a particular grade? Of course not! So if teachers in the same school vary, schools themselves vary, counties and states vary.  Colleges and universities have to have a gauge that is the same for all students, regardless of what school they attended or state they are from:  ACT or SAT. Students learn how to play the “game of school”.  Savvy students learn what they have to do to get the ‘grade’. They may not learn much content in the process, but they’re good at the game. Most students are not readers. At best they read, only what they have to to get by.  Avid readers...
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