When’s the last time you heard someone use the word “membranous?” Unless your father is a Kidney specialist, odds are you haven’t. The deletion of arcane vocabulary, as well as a list of other improvements, are all part of the new-and-improved SAT. The reason? Colleges are becoming more and more inclined to use ACT scores and High-school grades to determine a student’s admittance, as opposed to the SAT.
In a recent New York Times’ article titled Major Changes in SAT Announced by College Board , Tamar Lewin illustrates it as,
“Some of the changes will make the new SAT more like the ACT, which for the last two years has outpaced the SAT in test-takers and is increasingly being adopted as a public high school test by state education officials.”
A large area of revision will be in the essay section, which will now be optional. In addition, students will no longer be punished for “incorrect assertions.” It seems that favorable answers will be more focused on the student’s own insight and personal experiences. Further, categories such as Math will see a change of focus, which includes “linear equations; complex equations or functions; and ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.”
As this announcement settles in with the education industry, it will surely bring a new element of preparation for students. Though this change won’t take place until 2016, it’s never too early to prepare. Here at TutorNerds, we are committed to working with you in the most convenient, productive way. In other words, relax! Take a deep breath. If anything, the SAT will now be more relevant and suited to contemporary ways of thinking.
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