Anyone who has ever prepared for the SAT remembers the agony of endless memorization. Students put forth so much effort in memorizing thousands of vocabulary words that they have never seen before test prep and reviewing obscure formulas apparently taught back in 7th grade. The SAT thus has long been criticized for overly placing emphasis on memorization.
To address such concerns, president of College Board announced last February that the test is undergoing a major revision for release in 2015. Without discussing the details, David Coleman proposed an overhaul of the current SAT format for greater practicality, “so that the endless hours students put into practicing for the SAT will be work that’s worth doing.”
He assured that the current structure of Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing will remain the same, while proposing the following changes in topics:
- Fewer, if at all, obscure vocabulary words to memorize
More focus on the commonly used words in academia and in life
Greater emphasis on proportional reasoning, linear equations, and linear functions
Testing the ability to recognize, explain, and apply patterns
Emphasis on accurate evidence in essay writing
Recently, it was revealed that the release of the new SAT has been delayed by a year. Further details on the upcoming change will be scarce until the revised version of the PSAT is administered in fall 2015 as a precursor.
The new SAT will only affect the current high school freshman class and below. Those students who want to avoid the shock of the new SAT format should secure a score before 2016 as a cautionary measure.
As the new version of both PSAT and SAT will require a stronger foundation more than ever, it will be wise for students to start preparing as early as possible. Ivy Prep offers tailored test prep courses with extensive practice, as well as subject tutoring to build a lasting foundation and critical insight.
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