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Update on the New SAT Exam

posted Mar 8, 2016, 5:27 AM by Erik Arnold

Survey of over 8,000 students who took the new SAT this past weekend found:

  • 71 percent of students said the test reflected what they’re learning in school.
  • By a 6 to 1 margin, students said they preferred the format of the new SAT over the previous version of the test.
  • Compared with March 2015 SAT, there was a 19 percent decrease in the number of students that paid for test-prep resources.
  • Nearly half of all examinees who took the SAT Saturday said they prepared with Khan Academy, and 98 percent of those who did so said the videos were extremely, very or somewhat helpful.

Kaplan Test Prep conducted a survey of over 500 teens who took the new SAT on March 5 and found that most students (59 percent) generally gave the exam good marks for having questions that were straightforward and easy to follow -- a major goal for the new version of the test. At the same time, 58 percent of students said they found the length of the sections tiring. The Kaplan survey found that, despite the change in the essay becoming optional, 85 percent of students completed it.

Daniel Barr
Director of College Counseling