Free SAT test prep available
The way students can study for the SAT test is about to change.
The nonprofit organization behind the SAT college entrance exam has teamed up with a California pioneer in online education. It wants to make test preparation materials available for free.
The SAT is a test that many students take. It is required to get into many colleges.This can make taking it stressful.
The move is aimed at making the college admissions race less stressful. It should also be more fair for students from poorer families.
The College Board gave Khan Academy access that has not been seen before. It was to the revamped SAT. The board plans to introduce the test next spring. Khan developed quizzes. And it created practice tests. They will be available to anyone with Internet access. Khan Academy is based in Mountain View, California. It is known for its free web-based library of instructional videos and academic exercises. Mountain View is in Silicon Valley.
David Coleman is the president of the College Board. He said the partnership aims to level the college admissions playing field. It will put high-quality training within easy reach of students, he said. Many do not have the funds for paid test-prep services.
Students can visit www.khanacademy.org/sat. There, they will find quizzes. The quizzes are based on the math and reading sections of the new SAT. It is scheduled to make its debut in March. There will also be full-length practice tests. They've been written by the College Board.
Questions test takers answer get wrong will show the skills they need to improve. Steps explaining them will be offered. They will help students learn to determine the correct answer.
Nicole Hurd is the founder of a nonprofit called College Advising Corps. She said, "I think they are really trying to change this from test preparation to an educational opportunity."
"If a young person takes the SAT math section and they don't do well, instead of saying, 'Well, you don't do well,' it will push them back into the Khan curriculum. So they can get the math skills they need so they are SAT-ready," she said.
The new SAT will be graded on a 1,600-point scale. That scale was last used in 2004. It will make the now-required essay section optional. Test-takers will no longer lose points for wrong answers.
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