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admissions exams useful, but are concerned that these exams have become disconnected from the work of high school classrooms.” After viewing these changes, it’s apparent that the New SAT has reformed to look very similar to its rival test, the ACT. Here is a chart outlining the similarities.
The old SAT: Falling behind to the ACT.
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 ,
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.