New SAT Focuses on Learned Skills and Knowledge

New SAT Focuses on Learned Skills and Knowledge
Redesigned SAT

February 5, 2016 - When Amarillo ISD high school students take the SAT this spring, they will face a redesigned version of the test many colleges require students have on file when submitting their applications. The updated Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) focuses on what students have learned in high school and tests them on the knowledge needed to succeed in college.

Tracey Morman, AISD Director of Counseling, sees the changes as a positive for students. “I think the redesign is going to be a great thing for our students. The new SAT will no longer just be a stand-alone test over some antiquated words and processes. I believe we should see an increase in scores because students will be tested over what is being taught in classrooms.”

According to College Board, parent company of the SAT, one of the biggest goals in changing the test was to make sure it is highly relevant to students’ future success. The redesigned test prioritizes content which reflects the reading and math standards encountered in high school, college and future employment.

The new SAT focuses on evidence-based reading and writing, as well as word-based math problems, with all sections requiring an increase in reading in a timed environment. The essay section on the redesigned SAT is now optional, and will contain prompts similar to those on the Advanced Placement English tests. Rather than writing about personal experiences, students will be asked to provide a critical response to a specific argument.

For more information about the redesigned SAT, registration information, or free test prep through the Kahn Academy, please visit: http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

Redesigned SAT

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