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English and Math and the New SAT

English and Math and the New SAT


There are big changes in the SAT. What does it mean to you? Let me explain the differences in the new SAT sections for you.

 English and Math and the New SAT



English


When you read about the new English section, there are three key phrases you need to understand. First, they refer to “relevant words” which means they are focusing on more widely-used vocabulary words from the workplace. Second, they talk about “evidence-based reading and writing.” That means the test will have a different feel, because students will need to support their answers by indicating where they found the answer in the comprehension passage. Third, readings used will include “Founding Documents or the Great Global Conversation.” This means students will be reading documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, or Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

Essay


The new SAT will have an optional essay. It will also be a longer essay - 50 minutes long instead of 25 minutes. This will be an essay analyzing a source, so it’s not just about writing but also about understanding. Currently the ACT test has an optional essay, but many colleges require it anyway. I expect that to be true for this test as well. Many colleges will require the essay, so I suggest you prepare your child for the essay. Preparing your children to write well is one of the best things you can do for their long term success in college and career!

Math


The new SAT will narrow the scope of the math tested. It will focus on just 3 things: Problem Solving and Data Analysis, the Heart of Algebra, and Passport to Advanced Math. To me, it sounds like geometry will be an after-thought, and a thorough understanding of mathematics and algebra should help students score well on the test. Calculators will only be allowed in certain math sections, so there will be an emphasis on mental math, and understanding math in the real world.

Educate for Understanding


The best test preparation will always be a good education.  In the elementary school years, focus on reading, writing, math, and penmanship. In the middle school years, continue to focus on the core subjects, and include keyboarding. The SAT will become computer-based so typing skills will be critical to help them be prepared.  Make sure you are teaching math with a curriculum that makes sense to your child and continue moving forward, one level each year. In high school, teach your child to write a complete essay in 50 minutes.

Choose the best college admission test for your child. Give a sample of the SAT and a sample of the ACT at home and see which test makes your child look smarter. Then have them study for that test and plan to take the optional essay if at all possible. The best test preparation uses real test questions.

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Comments 4

Guest - JW on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:40

Strange, I thought I saw on the College Board website the new SAT won't have essay anymore. I'm glad they're moving to computer-based and changing the questions. My child would have done far better with the new SAT's essay, especially since it sounds like it'll be very similar to the final given for one of her college English classes (which she aced).

Strange, I thought I saw on the College Board website the new SAT won't have essay anymore. I'm glad they're moving to computer-based and changing the questions. My child would have done far better with the new SAT's essay, especially since it sounds like it'll be very similar to the final given for one of her college English classes (which she aced).
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:12

Jo, the essay will be optional on the new SAT's.

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Jo, the essay will be optional on the new SAT's. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Kristine on Monday, 09 June 2014 06:05

Lee, you advised me several years ago to have my child take both tests. I wasn't really sure it would make a difference, but she scored much higher on her ACT, an equivalent of 150 or more points when compared to the SAT. It was excellent advice, definitely impacting her college acceptances, and I share your wise words with anyone who will listen.

Lee, you advised me several years ago to have my child take both tests. I wasn't really sure it would make a difference, but she scored much higher on her ACT, an equivalent of 150 or more points when compared to the SAT. It was excellent advice, definitely impacting her college acceptances, and I share your wise words with anyone who will listen. :)
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:09

Excellent, Kristine!

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Excellent, Kristine! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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