The new SAT arrives next week, and families and educators are feeling both apprehensive and cautiously optimistic about the exam, how it will measure students’ academic abilities, predict their college success and influence their outcomes in the college application process. Parents and students frequently look to us and school counselors for guidance as they navigate standardized testing options, especially given the rise of test-optional colleges.
There are various resources to help families learn more about the new SAT as students decide if taking it is appropriate. A question on many students’ minds is how is the new SAT different from the prior version? Check out this helpful chart from The College Board to get answers to your questions. The most notable content changes that students will find on the new SAT are explained here. How does the new SAT compare to the ACT? Review resources from The College Board, Applerouth Tutoring Services and Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools to learn more. Students can also view practice tests for free on The College Board’s website to become more familiar with the exam.
Like most decisions that parents and teens face, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that is appropriate for everyone. Families should consider a student’s academic background and skills, test-taking performance history, as well as the standardized test requirements at the schools on a student’s college list. Questions? Need a 2nd opinion? Feel free to contact our counselors for advice.
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