#CampusChat Q&A: Understanding the New SAT and ACT with Akil Bello
Sep20

#CampusChat Q&A: Understanding the New SAT and ACT with Akil Bello

How are the new SAT and ACT different from the previous version? What changes will benefit the student? How should you prepare for these new tests? Wednesday’s #CampusChat focused on the new SAT and ACT standardized tests with test prep expert Akil Bello. Akil (@akilbello) is a career test prep teacher and tutor who has spent 25 years helping people prepare for admissions tests. He has trained students for almost all major standardized tests. Akil has helped launch two companies, developed preparation programs for more than ten different high stakes tests, trained hundreds of instructors, and helped thousands of students gain admissions to the schools of their choice. If your student is taking the test in 2016, this Q&A will help both of you prepare for the test and get some expert tips on how the changes will affect scoring. Q1 Why are they changing these standardized tests? #CampusChat A1 @collegeboard says [the SAT] changing to “better reflect what students should be learning in school.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/the-story-behind-the-sat-overhaul.html?_r=0 #CampusChat A1 According to ACT, its changes are “to stay relevant and continuously improve” http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2014/06/11/what-students-should-know-about-act-scoring-changes #CampusChat A1 The more cynical view is that SAT is changing to compete with its rival the ACT which has been taking market share #CampusChat A1 The truth is that all things change, the SAT has changed many times in its history for many reasons and will probably change again #CampusChat A1 A bigger issue than why it has changed is how will those changes impact test-takers and what can be done to prepare for the test #CampusChat Q2 When do these changes take effect? #CampusChat A2 Changes to the #ACT have been in the process of being phased in since the spring of 2015. The essay change will happen this month i#CampusChat A2 The changes to the SAT will start with the March 2016 administration. The October 2015 PSAT test will be a preview of the new SAT. #CampusChat A2 #CampusChat Q3 What are the major changes coming to the ACT? #CampusChat A3 The biggest change to the #ACT will be a completely new essay. #CampusChat A3 The more minor changes is a crapton of subscores will be generated and the reading will include dual passages #CampusChat A3 #CampusChat Q4  What are the major changes coming to the SAT? #CampusChat A4 Here is what the College Board says are the important changes. #CampusChat A4 Here is what I think are the important changes: #CampusChat A4 #CampusChat Q5 What should students know before taking these new tests? #CampusChat A5 Standardized tests measure performance. Performing well requires practice and preparation #CampusChat A5 Never go into a test without practicing just like you wouldn’t go to...

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