Earlier this year, College Board President (yes, there is such a thing) David Coleman announced in a letter to College Board members that it was time to update the SAT. As Coleman wrote in his letter, “the College Board has a responsibility to the millions of students we serve each year to ensure that our programs are continuously evaluated and enhanced, and most importantly respond to the emerging needs of those we serve”. Although it does emphasize that the SAT should stay current, this cryptic (a great SAT vocabulary word!) message does not foreshadow what those changes might be.
The SAT was first administered in 1926 (check out this website for sample questions from the 1926 test!). Since then, there have been many changes to the test. Most recently, in 2005, the Writing section was added and analogies were removed from the Critical Reading section. With the Writing section, consisting of an essay and questions about grammar, came an additional 800 points, boosting a perfect score to 2400 from 1600. In the Critical Reading section, the College Board removed the analogies, opting to test vocabulary with fill-in-the-blank sentences. After years of WordMasters analogy practice, I was sad to see the analogies go, but at least I learned some great words (my favorite- jalopy)!
What will these changes mean for GSP students? While we cannot predict what they will be, we can ensure you that we will help your students achieve their goals!
Linden Schult is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.