I actually heard about the SAT changes from Twitter, and I might be able to take the changed test, so it will be interesting if I get a higher score. In all honesty, I don’t care – I just need a high score.
After reading information about the new SAT on College Board’s website, I think the changes are good for the most part. I totally support using vocabulary words that are actually common instead of words that are rarely, if ever, used. However, I don’t know if this will alter the test completely because while I’ve never taken the SAT, I’ve taken the PSAT, which is used as a test run for the SAT, and I didn’t encounter any words that were rarely used – that may be different on the SAT, though.
The math also sounds better to me. I prefer focusing on three areas instead of a bunch of other areas and I think it will tell colleges more about a student if they have to prove in-depth knowledge of three specific areas instead of basic knowledge of a bunch of different areas.
The essay also sounds better and I like the fact that you have to explain how the author develops an argument; it shows that you understand the passage. However, I think that the essay should be mandatory. Writing skills are important and I think colleges should be able to compare writing for all students applying to their college.
In the end, I won’t benefit from the new SAT because it won’t be released until the spring of 2016, which will be too late for me since I will already have applied to colleges. But I think current freshmen and below will benefit from it.
I am happy about students having to write a response to a literature essay. Those are often overlooked in the world of college admissions.
Although the changes made to the SAT will not have any effect on me, I do hope they improve scores of those who will be taking it next year. Testing is really stressful, and if these alterations reduce stress, then it will provide a lot of relief to juniors and seniors who plan to take the SAT.
Since the changes are not happening until 2016, I have not given it any thought.
This question is answered by members of Teens in the Newsroom,
a journalism program for local high school students.