Introduction to the April 5th SAT Series
The April 5th Illinois public high school state-mandated SAT is 8 weeks away. 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 college entrance exam requirements. Transition, however alarming at first, can be positive, if we’re informed and prepared. That’s why we’re here to help.
As we countdown the weeks to the April 5th SAT, Academic Approach hopes to provide you with some useful information and direction. We will post information every two weeks to help you grow in your understanding of the SAT and identify some high-impact instructional priorities in the weeks ahead.
As just one example, consider this: the Redesigned 2016 SAT allows for 44% more time per question than the ACT does. What’s the significance of this additional time on student test-taking? If students have the skills and strategies to use their time well and intentionally, then that additional time can be transformative, leading to greater success on the SAT than the ACT in certain key sections like Reading Comprehension. We’ll consider some of the best, most impactful active reading strategies, annotation skills, and evidence-based reasoning practices students can learn to utilize that time and grow their skills and scores.
We’re looking forward to this blog series, as a way to offer you insights into the April 5th SAT, dispel some myths along the way, and, ultimately, help support your great work in empowering students to achieve as highly as possible. If you enjoy what you read, we welcome you to give us a call. Our expert directors are available to offer a complimentary consultation and to create a customized plan for your school.