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The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT

The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Every 10 years, the College Board makes significant changes to the test that has been around since 1926, the test that has been notorious for putting stress on students for generations. " Bev Taylor, who runs The Ivy Coach , has a theory about what really motivates these changes.

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The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think)

The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who ...
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A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills.
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Plans for New SAT Spark Mixed Reviews

Plans for New SAT Spark Mixed Reviews | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Will the changes announced on Wednesday make the test better? College counselors and admissions officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.
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We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly

We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"This past Saturday, several hundred thousand prospective college students filed into schools across the United States and more than 170 other countries to take the SAT—$51 registration fees paid, No. 2 pencils sharpened, acceptable calculators at the ready. And as part of the three-hour-and-45–minute ritual, each person taking the 87-year-old test spent 25 minutes drafting a prompt-based essay for the exam’s writing section.

 

This essay, which was added to the SAT in 2005, counts for approximately 30 percent of a test-taker’s score on the writing section, or nearly one-ninth of one’s total score. That may not seem like much, but with competition for spots at top colleges and universities more fierce than ever, performance on a portion of the test worth around 11 percent of the total could be the difference between Stanford and the second tier. So it’s not surprising that students seek strategies and tips that will help them succeed on the writing exercise. Les Perelman, the recently retired former director of MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum program, has got a doozy.

To do well on the essay, he says, the best approach is to just make stuff up."

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What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like

What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The SAT is being overhauled — again — and the ACT is going digital. The test makers reveal what the exams might look like.
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SAT Prep Crunch Time: Veritas Prep Outlines 5 Things Students Can Do Now to Boost Their SAT Score - Parents Countdown to College Coach

SAT Prep Crunch Time: Veritas Prep Outlines 5 Things Students Can Do Now to Boost Their SAT Score - Parents Countdown to College Coach | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Veritas Prep (www.veritasprep.com) recently released a list of five things students can do now to boost their chances at a higher score.

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Outdated SAT needs to be retired

WaPo's Jay Mathews thinks it's time for the 86 year old SAT to be retired.

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SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low

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Nationwide SAT reading scores for the class of 2012 are lower than ever--but more students than ever are taking the SAT.

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The New SAT: What Will It Look Like for Math?

The New SAT: What Will It Look Like for Math? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's a look at what the revisions to the SAT mean for the math portion and what two math experts think of the changes.
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Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT

Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At the age of forty-six, Debbie Stier, the author of “The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT,” decided to devote herself full time to the test, with the goal of achieving the maximum possible score of 2400.
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Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem?

Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's currently a 400-point gap between the highest- and lowest-income students.
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SAT scores at Maine high schools show ‘good news, bad news’ | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

SAT scores at Maine high schools show ‘good news, bad news’  | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Math and reading scores rise, but scores in writing and science drop, and not even half of the students are at grade level.
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http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/new-sat-scores-show-improved-proficiency-math-reading-among-maine-high-school-students/22430

http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2013/10/16/new-sat-data-shows-more-than-half-of-high-school-juniors-still-testing-below-grade-level/

http://www.kjonline.com/maine_high_school_math_and_reading_sat_scores.html

http://www.kjonline.com/maine_high_school_science_and_writing_sat_scores.html

 

 

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College Board president gives some hints about changes in the SAT | Inside Higher Ed

College Board president gives some hints about changes in the SAT | Inside Higher Ed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"TORONTO -- David Coleman, president of the College Board, was fairly general here Thursday in describing the changes coming to the SAT. His theme was that the new SAT would be more closely tied to high school and college curriculums and less coachable than is the current version. And he said that, however much the current SAT can be improved, "I think the SAT is the best current test there is."

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/09/20/college-board-president-gives-some-hints-about-changes-sat#ixzz2fQOgNRwR ;
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College Board announces plans to redesign the SAT

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The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT, although the process is not expected to be speedy and the precise nature of the changes has not been determined.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/27/college-board-announces-plans-redesign-sat#ixzz2MBkz6uBI ;
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Free Technology for Teachers: Professor Word - Identify SAT & ACT Vocabulary Words on Any Webpage

Richard Byrne recommends this browser add-on which scans a page of web text (e.g. an online newspaper article) and identifies SAT and ACT vocabulary words.

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Fewer than Half of 2012 High Schools Grads Ready for College | Education News

Fewer than Half of 2012 High Schools Grads Ready for College | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

According to The College Board, only 43% of high school graduates are prepared to succeed in college.

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