Do you want your child to be a guinea pig for the “redesigned” SAT one year from now – or a savvy student with options? We recommend the latter, of course!
Our review of the ninety-four new SAT sample test questions released by the College Board lead us to believe that the new test will be significantly harder with its emphasis on deeper critical thinking, and with the introduction of more difficult reading passages and higher-level math concepts. This redesigned test will impact current sophomores ― who would normally be ready to take their first SAT about one year from now. They will be among the first students to take the redesigned SAT ― unfortunately with limited practice materials available. The College Board plans to release only one full-length practice SAT in May, followed by a book of four practice tests on June 30. Students who use these practice tests will not really know what their scores mean – how they stack up against current SAT and/or ACT scores – until the score “conversion tables” are released later in the summer.
The savvy alternative? Well, because the redesigned SAT won’t be administered until March 2016, we propose that sophomores steer clear of the new test and prepare NOW for the current SAT or for the ACT, taking a dry run with one practice test of each to determine which testing route is best. Colleges have no preference: they treat SAT and ACT exactly the same.
As you can see, it’s a tumultuous time in the SAT testing world, but we can help you find the calm in the eye of the storm.
We are hosting a live presentation/webinar in our Boca Raton learning center on April 22, 2015 at 7 p.m., to discuss the changes to the SAT further and how it compares to the ACT. If you would like to join us live, you can call (561) 241-1610 or email Leslie to reserve your spot. Alternatively, you can register for the webinar online.