A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a preview of what the redesigned SAT will look like in 2016. In case you missed it, the main changes are there will now be two multiple choice sections and an optional essay. Basically what this means is:
• The multiple choice will have only four options instead of five
• Gone is the penalty for an incorrect answer
• The critical reading section will take 65 minutes, and have 52 multiple choice questions based on several passages totaling just over 3,000 words: 40% science, 40%, history/social studies, and 20 literature
So you may be wondering how will this redesigned SAT compare to the ACT, let’s break it down:
- Both have no penalty for an incorrect response
- Both have 4 choices (old SAT had 5)
- The way some of the grammar is tested looks very similar to the English section of the ACT
- Most of the types of reading passages selected on the new SAT look to be from similar disciplines as the ACT – history, science and social sciences
- The math will relate more to school math as does the ACT
- Interpreting charts and graphs relative to science similar to the ACT science
Regardless of whether your teen plans to take the SAT, new SAT or ACT, there are steps that they need to take to begin preparation:
- Get them to READ! I know many of you feel like you’re like a broken record trying to get your teen to read, if they do not have books to read for the summer recommended by the school, contact me for a list.
- If you think books are not possible, suggest they read 3-4 movie, concert, or restaurant reviews a week. Reviews always use a bit more sophisticated language and have a single point. Scan for vocabulary to put on index cards and define. Have them distill the point of the review into a single sentence.
- If you really feel like your student needs to work on his reading speed and comprehension – what I call reading efficiency- contact me about him doing my Efficient Reading Training course over the summer.
- If you have a rising junior, contact me about tutorial options now that you will be able to get a sense of what will probably be your teens better test.
YOUR TURN: Will your teen be taking the SAT, new SAT or ACT? Which do you think is the best option?