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The New Redesigned SAT

David Coleman reported on The Redesigned SAT today.  Below are some highlights. DeliveringOpportunity.org will provide all specifics of the new SAT.  The New SAT will be:

  • Focused and Clear
  • Useful and Open (applicable to work in college and career settings)
  • Based upon what is currently taught in class

The Content of the Redesigned SAT will include Three Sections

1.  Evidence Based Reading and Writing:

  • The exam will showcase students command of evidence rather than picking right answers.
  • Students will be asked to locate the evidence that supports the answers.
  • Students will read and analyze a wide range of texts (Science, Social Studies etc) - This sounds very similar to the current ACT
  • Students will work with narratives  and graphs - students must be data analysts
  • Students will analyze texts.
  • There will be no more sentence completion
  • Vocabulary will be "powerful words" like synthesis and its various meanings

2.  The Essay

  • Assignment will be to analyze the core argument of a text.
  • Directions will be:  As you read the passage in front of you, consider how the author uses evidence, reasoning, and stylistic or persuasive elements to add power to the ideas expressed.
  • Essay will be optional on the SAT (like the current ACT)

3. Math

  • Will focus on three areas:
  1. problem solving and data analysis (ratios, proportions..)
  2. the heart of algebra (linear equations and systems)
  3. passport to advanced math (the math that opens doors of opportunity - calculus will be included)
  • Students will be presented with a scenario to which they will apply the math they have learned.
  • There will be calculator and non calculator sections of the SAT.

Other Facts:

  • America's Founding Documents and Global Conversation will be included on the Redesigned SAT.
  • The new exam will be given spring 2016 It will be offered both through computer and pencil and paper.
  • The new test length will be 3 hours with an optional 50 minute essay
  • The New SAT will return to the 1600 score
  • The essay will be scored separately.
  • The penalty for wrong answers will be removed.
  • April 16 the full blue print for the exams and sample questions of the New SAT will be revealed.
  • Khan Academy will provide FREE test prep.  It will be adaptive.  It will provide customized learning.  Khan Academy has always been a cornerstone of learning at EdNavigators.  As EdNavigators students know, Khan Academy has provided answers to the questions in the College Board Blue Book for a while.  We are thrilled about this new partnership.  We are looking forward to the Khan Academy SAT Prep. Khan Academy SAT prep will be found at:  khanacademy.org/sat

Sandy Aprahamian, Principal, Educational Consultant  - EdNavigators

Ten Benefits of Audiobooks for Students

Reading outside with headphonesIs it okay for my child to listen to the audiobook version of their summer reading assignment?

In short, Yes!
Why?
  1. Some students are audio learners. They comprehend better when hearing the material.
  2. When a student is overwhelmed by the length of a book, they can see how long the audiobook is and budget time accordingly.
  3. Pushing play on the audiobook is a way to end procrastination and get started. Often the introductory passage is intriguing enough to make the student want to listen more.
  4. Hearing new vocabulary words read in context with the correct inflection assists with comprehension.
  5. Some students comprehend better when moving. With a headset they can walk, listen and learn.
  6. There is a rewind/repeat button.
  7. Students who get carsick reading in the car can listen to the audiobook, thus using their idle passenger time productively.
  8. A well narrated book can inspire the listener to want to hear more books.
  9. We live in the age of technology. Our children are digital natives. Embrace the opportunities.
  10. The student can water the lawn AND work on their summer reading simultaneously. Multitasking!
I do suggest that students get the book version of the reading as well. This way they have the option of listening along to the audio while reading or referencing the tangible book later so they can see the words on paper. (multi-sensory learning)
How do I get audiobooks:
  • Many audiobooks are available for free through the local library and can be downloaded to the student's phone
  • iTunes sells many audiobooks
  • Audible.com sells audiobooks
  • If a students purchases an e-book, the reading device they use can usually be set up to read the words aloud
Sandy Aprahamian, Owner, Independent Educational Consultant, EdNavigators