This week there was positive student reaction to the new SAT test. Students liked the fact that guessing is allowed, and find the new format more straightforward.
According to the College Board, over 463,000 students have signed up to take the new SAT in March, a slight increase over a year ago. The nonprofit College Board has restricted the exam to those applying to college or for programs requiring a college test score. Others will take the test in May, which will be released later. The College Board has concerns about test theft.
There are overall fewer questions, and an emphasis on analysis in reading and math. Vocabulary words will be more commonly used words rather than obscure ones. And students will not be penalized for guesses which result in wrong answers. A perfect score will be 1,600 and the essay is scored separately. Students will be given a choice as to whether or not to write the essay.
According to Lee Weiss, Kaplan Test Prep’s vice president of college admissions programs, it is not a good idea to skip the essay, as many of the top college admissions officers review it for their process. “Make sure you are writing a good, structured essay that answers the prompt,” said Weiss. “Make sure that you are varying your word choice and your sentence structure.”
“If you’ve been preparing and putting in your study time, then you should go in confident. If you haven’t, you can take this test again or you can take the ACT, too. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t perform well,” he said.