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The Illinois April 5th state-mandated SAT is now six weeks away. With all Illinois public school students sitting for that SAT, we want to offer a series of weekly insights along the way to help you prepare. This week’s focus: is your child getting in enough reading rounds? We understand the value of getting in […]
Did you know that the April 5th Illinois public high school state-mandated SAT is 8 weeks away? Did you know that this is the first time in 16 years that Illinois has not endorsed and paid for the ACT as its state-mandated exam? Yes, it’s a time of significant transition in college readiness preparation and […]
Recently, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the SAT with Writing as the state’s accountability assessment for the 2016-2017 school year, replacing the PARCC exam at the high school level. While grades 3-8 will continue to take the PARCC exam for accountability measures, the SAT will be administered to all Illinois 11th grade public […]
In March, ACT announced fall 2016 reporting enhancements that include two major changes: • A redesign in the look and feel • The replacement of current sub-scores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards and The Common Core Today, ACT released the first views into those reports and details […]
Supporting your child through the standardized testing process can raise some age-old anxieties. Am I starting too early and overwhelming her? Am I starting too late and neglecting him? What are other parents doing for their child? Although these feelings intensify as SAT and ACT testing approaches, they are by no means new. Here are some guidelines to help parents get the most out of test prep.
According to the College Board’s 2013 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness, 57 percent of 2013 SAT takers lacked the academic skills to succeed in college-entry, credit-bearing courses without remedial teaching being necessary in at least one subject. Ultimately, the College Board’s revisions for the 2016 SAT will assess more directly those skills most relevant to college and career readiness.
On March 5th, 2014, David Coleman, President of the College Board, announced plans to substantially revise the SAT. The test was revised to be more representative of what students study in high school, and should assess more directly the skills most relevant to college and career readiness. With the first administration of the new SAT approaching on March 5th, let’s review the most significant changes to the test so students know what to expect.
More than four million students, a new record, took the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) this past October. Earlier this month, the scores for the redesigned test were released online for the first time, which has in turn led to a variety of questions.
This week Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced to parents and educators its plan for a college entrance exam for spring 2016: CPS will remain committed to the ACT, with the Class of 2017 all taking a fully-funded ACT on May 3rd. Beyond this commitment to ACT for this school year, CPS indicated the heightened probability of a transition to the SAT for next school year.
On the new SAT essay, students will be given a 700-900-word text from a published work in humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Students will be asked to read the text and compose an essay that analyzes the author’s use of evidence, logic, and rhetoric to make a point. The SAT essay questions will be virtually identical going forward, but the texts students must analyze will be different for each test.