Looking ahead to the new SAT format

As this article discusses, next January will be the last sitting of the current format of the SAT. After that, the test loses its required essay, changes the way multiple choice answers are scored, changes up the math sections, and makes the test overall a little shorter. A new format will mean new approaches for preparing for the test.


Sobering perspective on “holistic admissions” at elites

A former admissions administrator at the University of Pennsylvania has some pretty sobering and frankly discouraging admissions in the LA Times about how admit or non-admit decisions are made at the nation’s top institutions, when it comes to race, background, and arbitrary “tags” overtaking academic performance and entrance tests.

More here: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-harberson-asian-american-admission-rates-20150609-story.html

Free October retakes for SAT takers affected by mistake

The College Board, the body that oversees administration of the SAT exam, recently reported that due to a misprint in the June 6th test booklets, two sections of the exam would not be scored. Although the Board assures that resulting scores would be reliable, most test takers aren’t buying it.

As frustrating as the mistake is, the College Board is allowing affected students to take the October 3, 2015 test for free. Registration for that sitting must be made by September 3.

More here: http://m.kirotv.com/news/news/students-frustrated-misprint-sat/nmjJp/