Will The New SAT Test Changes Affect My Teenager?
Have you seen all the chatter about the changes CollegeBoard will be making to the SAT Test?
There are 8 Surprising Changes in the SAT Test, and you can read about the changes on the CollegeBoard website.
The main thing that will affect my daughter who is due to take the SAT again in the fall of 2014 is… WELL… NOTHING.
Because the changes in the SAT won’t go into effect until 2016.
Basically FRESHMAN right now are the first ones that will see the test changes. So my daughter who is in 7th grade will definitely take the new test. Let’s hope all the bugs are worked out by then!
Something that IS different right now is the effort CollegeBoard is making to get example tests into kids hands at no cost to them. Starting next month students will be able to see a complete collection of sample test questions.
I went to my favorite college test prep experts over at TestRocker.com to see what they had to say about the upcoming changes for the SAT. On the TestRocker Blog they share their take on the changes and how it will impact students.
Some of the most surprising changes to me:
- No more penalizing for wrong answers. GEEZ I thought that was dumb anyway! GOOD change.
- Essay is now optional. I never had to write an essay when I took the tests? So I don’t know if this is good or bad?
- There may be a chance for your student to take the test on a computer instead of filling in those painful dots! Definitely Good.
- And my favorite change… they PROMISE they will only include regularly used vocabulary words in the vocab portions of the test. Finally? How many of these ‘WORST SAT VOCAB’ words do you use on a regular basis?
—Turgid, Unctuous, Phlegmatic, Abjure, Acrimony, Obstreperous—
Yeah. ALL THE TIME. Not.
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