According to Fortune Magazine, “To fulfill commitments to college readiness and to meet the requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind act, which requires high schools to test students in math, reading, and science at least once during their secondary education, states adopted the ACT as an achievement exam.” With more and more colleges becoming test optional, the SAT has been losing considerable marketshare to the ACT.
Student’s experiences according to College Board and Kaplan. Disclaimer: These surveys are controlled!
After the first New SAT was administered in March, College Board and Kaplan both took surveys of students who took the New SAT, unfortunately, neither organization published the results of the entire survey.
According to the College Board's survey of 8,089 students ,
- 71% of students said the new SAT reflected what they’re learning in high school.
- By a 6 to 1 margin, students said they preferred the new SAT over the old SAT.
- 75% of students said the Reading Test was the same as or easier than they expected.
- 59% of students said the Math section tests the skills and knowledge needed for success in college and career.
- 16% of students responded that the new SAT “very much” reflected what they’re learning in high school while 56% responded “somewhat,” 23% responded “not too much,” and 5%responded “not at all.”
- 59% of students said the questions were straightforward and easy to follow though 58% also said they found the length of the sections tiring.
- 48% of students said the test was about as difficult as they expected, 30% thought it was more difficult than expected, and 22% thought it was less difficult than expected.
- 41% of students found the Math section more difficult than expected. 56% of students said they felt comfortable doing math without a calculator.
These surveys conducted by College Board and Kaplan do not provide enough data to make a fair comparison against its predecessor. In fact, because the surveys were controlled, it leads me to believe that the results are fairly ambiguous and subjective.
Don’t compare the New SAT to the old SAT, compare it to the ACT.
It’s clear that New SAT was changed to better compete with the ACT, so why don’t we discover how student’s compare the New SAT and the ACT? Just like any car company that reforms a model, we want to the how it compares to its competition, not its predecessor.