Skip to comments.Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words
Posted on 04/16/2014 5:18:01 AM PDT by reaganaut1
The College Board on Wednesday will release many details of its revised SAT, including sample questions and explanations of the research, goals and specifications behind them.
We are committed to a clear and open SAT, and today is the first step in that commitment, said Cyndie Schmeiser, the College Boards chief of assessment, in a conference call on Monday, previewing the changes to be introduced in the spring of 2016.
She said the 211-page test specifications and supporting materials being shared publicly include everything a student needs to know to walk into that test and not be surprised.
The overall scoring will return to the old 1600 scales, based on a top score of 800 in reading and math.A New SAT Aims to Realign With SchoolworkMARCH 5, 2014 David Coleman is focusing on ways to encourage low-income students to go to select colleges.The Story Behind the SAT OverhaulMARCH 6, 2014 One big change is in the vocabulary questions, which will no longer include obscure words. Instead, the focus will be on what the College Board calls high utility words that appear in many contexts, in many disciplines often with shifting meanings and they will be tested in context. For example, a question based on a passage about an artist who vacated from a tradition of landscape painting, asks whether it would be better to substitute the word evacuated, departed or retired, or to leave the sentence unchanged. (The right answer is departed.)
The test will last three hours, with another 50 minutes for an optional essay in which students will be asked to analyze a text and how the author builds an argument.
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Did it really matter if Einstein learned a ton of big words in school? Of course not, Einstein was himself because he invented things, not because he run circles around someone with words they couldn't understand.
(Audible sounds coming from your abdomen - they often begin the same moment you begin to take vocabulary tests)
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