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Free SAT test prep available
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The nonprofit organization behind the SAT college entrance exam has teamed up with a California pioneer in online education to make test preparation materials available for free.

The move is aimed at making the college admissions race less stressful and more fair for students from poorer families.

The College Board gave unprecedented access to the revamped SAT it plans to introduce next spring to Khan Academy, which has developed diagnostic quizzes and interactive practice tests that will be accessible to anyone with Internet access. Khan Academy, based in Mountain View, California, is known for its free web-based library of instructional videos and academic exercises. Mountain View is in Silicon Valley.

College Board President David Coleman said the partnership aims to level the college admissions playing field by putting high-quality training within easy reach of students without the funds for commercial test-prep services. Students who visit www.khanacademy.org/sat will find quizzes based on the math and reading sections of the new SAT scheduled to make its debut in March, as well as full-length practice tests written by the College Board.

Questions test takers answer incorrectly will show the specific skills they need to improve and offer step-by-step explanations for deriving the correct answer.

Nicole Hurd, founder of a nonprofit called College Advising Corps, 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 redesigned SAT will be graded on a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004 and will make the now-required essay section optional. Test-takers will no longer lose points for wrong answers.

Critical thinking challenge: How can Khan Academy reduce test-taking stress?

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COMMENTS (8)
  • Josh01Chargers
    6/07/2015 - 11:13 p.m.

    First, what do they mean by "students from poorer families"? Second, why are they using an obsolete grading scale. Buy, students will appreciate the preparation.

  • lm2000food
    6/08/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    I think that they should reduce test period that's an idea to reduce test stress because without test there is no stress and no stress equals peace.

  • AB2000soccer
    6/09/2015 - 08:45 a.m.

    They will make SAT prep free and on line, when the students take the test they will be able to have a step by step direction on how to answer the question correctly if they got it wrong, and they will be grading the test on a 1,600 point scale and the essay will be optional.

  • Chelsea H1
    6/09/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    I agree with the use of the Free SAT Prep class, I believe it would increase the chances of the kids passing, also they would have more experience with taking the test. They also wouldn't feel stressed as they would usually would,they would be physically and mentally prepared to take the test because they know and believe in themselves that they will pass because they have taken the preps. The Khan Academy can help kids with the help they need and show them their strengths and weaknesses in the areas of Math and Reading. "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.

  • Jake7010
    6/10/2015 - 12:43 a.m.

    I love this idea so much. the problem is that i can see it getting taking down. because people can say it s cheating or how are they getting get information to be close to the SATS. I can see that then the kids would be not doing there work in class and use this as the resort and have people take it down. I don't know hope it will still be there in like 5 years.

  • DD2001basketball
    6/11/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    It reduces stress because the site can help you prepare for the test instead of studying out of books. The site has all information that's going to be on the SAT test.

  • dJ2001fluffy
    6/11/2015 - 08:50 a.m.

    I always wanted to take the PSAT and now there is a possibility that I will be able to take. It was extremely expensive and now the there could other kids that will be aloud to take the test.

  • lisablue11
    6/19/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    I like the idea, but i don't know how long it will last. However, I do think that it is a good thing to do, especially if people couldn't prepare for the preparation before because of the cost.

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