According to a recent story on CNN.com, the SAT college exam is undergoing extensive redesigning to increase the quality of the evaluation. David Coleman, the President and CEO of College Board, the company which creates and administers this frequently used standardized college entrance exam, said the test as it is being administered now is, “far too disconnected from the work of our high schools.”
In recent years, standardized tests have been criticized for not being good evaluation tools because they only require students to choose an answer by filling in a bubble. Some test preparation courses even focus on “tricks” like how to eliminate most of the choices offered on a question to increase the chances of choosing the correct bubble, rather than building on the students’ classroom learning.
Some colleges have moved away from requiring standardized tests at all. According to a report released in January 2014, the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s 2013 “State of College Admission” report, students’ grades and the difficulty of the classes they have taken are being used more now to make admissions decisions. Other schools have switched from the SAT to another standardized test, the ACT.
The new SAT version, which will start being administered in Spring 2016, will include three sections: 1) evidence-based reading and writing, 2) evidence-based math, and 3) an optional written essay.
Another aspect of this redesign is that College Board will partner with the non-profit Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials, starting about a year before the new test is released. There will also be fee waivers available to allow income-eligible students to apply to four colleges for free.
To read the full CNN article, please click HERE.