The New SAT: What to Expect
On February 26, the College Board announced that changes were coming to the SAT. Again.
The standardized test’s second overhaul in less than ten years won’t go into effect anytime soon, and no specific changes have been identified yet. As you plan your college admissions strategy, take the time to familiarize yourself with the preliminary ideas now so that you know what to expect in the future.
It will be interesting to see how the College Board will adapt to the ever-changing nature of the testing industry. In 2011, the number of students taking the ACT surpassed that of the SAT for the first time, leading to questions about the SAT’s relevancy to success in college. In an e-mail to College Board members, College Board Vice President Peter Kauffmann outlined three broad objectives for the redesign:
• “Increase the value of the SAT to students by focusing on a core set of knowledge and skills that are essential to college and career success; reinforcing the practice of enriching and valuable schoolwork; fostering greater opportunities for students to make successful transitions into postsecondary education; and ensuring equity and fairness.”
• “Increase the value of the SAT to higher education professionals by ensuring that the SAT meets the evolving needs of admission officers, faculty, and other administrators, and that the SAT remains a valid and reliable predictor of college success.”
• “Increase the value of the SAT to K–12 educators, administrators and counselors by strengthening the alignment of the SAT to college and career readiness; ensuring that the content reflects excellence in classroom instruction; and developing companion tools that allow educators to use SAT results to improve curriculum and instruction.”