The New and Improved SAT
This March, high school students will see a brand new test on their desks. The college admissions test, the SAT, is getting its biggest makeover in 30 years. The College Board says that it has redesigned the SAT to focus more on the high school curriculum, rather than the riddles and puzzles students were previously taught to solve.
The SAT will have only be two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Both sections will be scored on a scale of 200-800 points. Some other new changes are:
- No penalty for guessing
- 4 answer choices instead of 5
- Fewer complex vocabulary words tested
- Required essay will now be optional.
So far there have been mixed reviews of the new SAT. Test experts say that the reading may challenge less advanced students and the math problems will require more reading and fewer equations. But others say it will give a better score compared to the previous SAT that did not follow the high school curriculum. Currently, the College Board offers practice tests for both sections and some essay examples.
The math section in the new test will cover more than ever before. It will go over more advanced math, like trigonometry, meaning students would have to take more math classes in high school to understand these topics. Also new, one of the math sections will prohibit a calculator. The good news? The test will focus more on real life skills, which students have been asking for, for years.
Reading and Writing
Also like the new math test, the reading and writing section will focus on more of the high school curriculum. Instead of having to stay up late for nights on end studying definitions, students will be asked to improve word choice in a text. Another cool feature is that the material reading will also be more history-based. Certain passages will go over history, social studies, and even science.
Overall, the new SAT sound pretty good. Sure, it will be harder in certain ways but with practice, high schoolers can succeed. It will help assess the student’s real knowledge of their curriculum and show colleges that they are prepared to start higher-level courses.