Have you ever wished the SAT would be just a little bit more… realistic? Starting with the 2014-2015 SAT year the SAT will be going through some very important changes.
David Coleman, president of the College Board since last October, is proposing changes to the SAT Vocabulary. He wants to get rid of words he considers “just SAT words” and replace them with words students will use throughout their college life. These more common words are words like “synthesis,” “distill” and “transform.”
Coleman would also like to make changes to the math portion of the SAT. He says, “There are a few things that matter disproportionately, like proportional reasoning, linear equations and linear functions,” Mr. Coleman said. “Those are the kinds of things we’re going to concentrate on.”
However, Coleman doesn’t expect just right or wrong answers. Starting in 2015, the SAT will require students to be able to explain how they arrived at their mathetmatical answers. Like every teacher that requires their students to show their work, students are going to be required to prove their knowledge to show they arrived at their answer the correct way.
Since becoming president, Coleman has been very active in deciding what and how student’s should learn across the nation. He was a major player in creating the Common Core standards — the newly proposed guidelines for what students should learn in each grade that have already been accepted by most states.
To learn more about changes to standardized tests including both the SAT and ACT, continue reading with this important article from The New York Times: What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like
*Update on December 5, 2013: Changes to the SAT have been delayed by at least a year. Expect a new SAT in the 2015-2016 school year. Check out this resource that announces the delay.
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