Introduction to the April 5th SAT Series
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 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 understand the SAT (it’s definitely NOT the one mom and dad took years ago) and prepare for the unique features of the test. Our topics will range from essential differences between the ACT and SAT to subtle but powerful differences in the student test-taking experience of each exam.
As an 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’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 empower 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 personalized learning plan for your student.