MAJOR SAT/ ACT CHANGES COMING IN 2015
There are big changes heading your way, class of 2015! The College Board has decided to bring the SAT and ACT tests closer to your classroom learning. So, instead of using flashcards with words you’ll never use, such as “pugnacious,” or “depreciatory,” you will be asked more common words like “synthesis,” “distill” and “transform.” In addition to reading, the math section will include proportional reasoning, linear equations and linear functions.
Going forward, it’s not about picking the right answer, it will be about explaining the answers and applying them. According to the test creators at the College Board, the SAT and ACT will be changed to more closely reflect the students’ classroom learning. The president of the College Board, Mr. Coleman stated, “The heart of the revised SAT will be analyzing evidence.” For example, he explained that the College Board is reaching out to teachers and colleges to create examples that “could ask students to use math to analyze the data in an economics study or the results of a scientific experiment.”
Aside from the overhaul, there will also be changes made in the way students are taking the tests. Starting in 2015, the ACT will be available on a computer as well as on paper. Students taking the test on the computer will see a new breed of question, such as free response questions in which students manipulate on-screen images to form their conclusions.