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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. It wants to make test preparation materials available for free.

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 unprecedented access to the revamped SAT it plans to introduce next spring to Khan Academy. Khan has developed diagnostic quizzes and interactive practice tests that will be accessible 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.

College Board President David Coleman said the partnership aims to level the college admissions playing field. He said it will put 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. 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 incorrectly will show the specific skills they need to improve. Step-by-step explanations will be offered for deriving 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 redesigned SAT will be graded on a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004. It 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 (4)
  • emileec711
    6/05/2015 - 02:23 p.m.

    i think that this prep test would be very beneficial to the average student because we might need extra help in that extra help to pass thier final exam of to even go to the next grade.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    8/26/2015 - 07:42 p.m.

    I think this is a good idea to help prepare students for the SAT because it is free. Also, I do not think decreasing the total score for the SAT is a good idea because students don't have to study as hard as they should be. I personally think the free SAT prep is a good idea but decreasing the total score for SAT is not a good idea.
    Critical thinking challenge: How can Khan Academy reduce test-taking stress?
    Answer: Khan Academy can reduce test-taking stress by relieving worries about tuitions/costs.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    6/15/2016 - 02:07 p.m.

    The free SAT test prep would be able to provide some practice with students who are in poorer families which the free SAT test prep would be able to provide free SAT test prep for students in poorer families and cannot afford the SAT prep. The SAT test would be able to reduce test-taking stress when it comes to something that students don't know. The free SAT test would be able to provide more of the students to be practicing the SAT test. The SAT test would be able to reduce some test-taking stress which the students won't be able to become very stressful with something.
    Critical Thinking Question: How can Khan Academy reduce test-taking stress?
    Answer: I know that Khan Academy reduce test-taking stress by getting more of the test to become easy for students who won't be able to answer a question that they don't know.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    8/09/2016 - 08:38 p.m.

    I think that the SAT prep will be a good idea so that students will know what they need help on. If they take a test on a specific subject and do not do well, they will be able to learn the skills they need. This will be helpful for students who want to save time and focus on their worst subject. It is also free so people who are not financially well off can help their children learn. Some of this can be done through a website called Khan Academy which includes reading and math. Khan Academy is known for its instructional videos and quizzes on certain topics. Khan Academy can help students in many ways without cost.
    I think that Khan Academy reduces test-taking stress by helping students focus on what they need help. It can help students organize what they need to work on. Some students might stress about what to do but they can have their thoughts organized by Khan Academy.

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