Recently, the College Board announced that the SAT test is receiving a major overhaul for spring of 2016. The College Board claims that the SAT format redesign is aimed at leveling the playing field for students and aligning the testing material more closely with what students actually learn in high school.
The important theme to note, one that’s threaded throughout these changes to the SAT test, is that while there is a continued emphasis on reasoning, the new format focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding most important for college and career readiness. This shift will ultimately affect how you and your child handle SAT prep.
Here are the eight key ways the SAT test is changing in 2016:
1. Relevant Words in Context
The redesign of the SAT test will focus on students’ understanding of high-utility words. Students will be tested on interpreting the meaning of words “in the context of extended prose passages.” What this means is that your child should build SAT vocabulary skills for words that they’re likely to encounter in college and the workforce and pay attention to alternate meanings of familiar words. After all, the SAT may use high utility words, but it will still be a challenging test.
This also means that all those “highly obscure” SAT vocab words that most adults don’t even know are gone.