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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It “disadvantages” students who don’t know as much as others, which is the point of the test.
Your comment was stultifying.
Math is not math anymore. This is real.
“Colbert also highlighted a Common Core second grade problem that has become popular among parents on social media:
Mike saw 17 blue cars and 25 green cars at the toy store. How many cars did he see? Write a number sentence with a [grey box] for the missing number. Explain how the number sentence shows the problem.
And theres hard proof that the Common Core is already opening our childrens minds to new ways of thinking, Colbert continued. Just look at this actual answer to that question given by a California second-grader.
17 + 25 = 42 I got the answer by talking in my brain and I agreed of the answer that my brain got.
Folks, this child has a bright future, quipped Colbert. Hes only in second grade and can already clearly explain what it feels like to think. Now we just need to get him to explain what that feels like to whoever wrote the Common Core question.
¿Porque el examen no se escrita en espanol? ¡Racista!
Sorry; that post is slightly above the 12 year old level. Can dial it back a bit?
Funny that you would say that, my three children echo that same complaint about me.
Your point of view is what’s wrong with education: we produce “graduates” that are juuuuust smart enough to do their tasks, but not so smart (or well informed, or disciplined with critical thinking skills) that they’ll start asking unwanted questions. A servile education, as opposed to what used to be the gold standard of liberal education.
Now, you can schedule the exam during every month, and from what I've heard, there are no essay questions.
It may have been harder for some, but those essay questions pulled me over the finish line. I had the same professor for over 30 hours of accounting, and he never used numbers...he only taught theory.
His tests (midterm and finals) were all essay, and out of the five questions he would ask, the first sentence of the answer to at least two questions would be "based on the information you've given me, I cannot answer the question." From there, you would have to discuss the accounting theory behind the problem.
As I recall, the application of the thought processes I honed during college (at a Jesuit university) did not endear me to several officers in my chain of command...lol!
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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