The Answer Sheet: sat


Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Here’s the very first SAT, from 1926. Can you pass it?

An editor of mine looked at it and said, ‘It’s hard.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014

What does the SAT measure? Aptitude? Achievement? Anything?

The ups and downs of the SAT.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

What is the SAT good for?

The truth is that admissions offices don’t need the SAT, “old” or “new.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

New SAT delayed to 2016

It’s taking longer to rewrite than originally predicted.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/21/2013

New probe of cheating on SAT in Korea launched

This is the second big investigation this year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013

The bottom line on SAT scores in one chart

How much correlation is there between SAT scores and family income? This much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT, Who Gets The Best Results?

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Why the new SAT scores are meaningless

Why colleges and universities shouldn’t depend on test scores for admissions purposes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, SAT ACT

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 02/26/2013

SAT exam to be redesigned

The famed SAT college admissions exam will undergo a thorough redesign by the College Board, which is calling the effort an "ambitious effort" to "better meets" the needs of students and schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:56 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aim: 'Increase Value', College Admissions, SAT

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2013

New College Board chief cites 'problems' with SAT

Guess who thinks there's more than one problem with the SAT? David Coleman, the man who was recently selected to run the organization that owns the SAT, says he has issues withthe essay section. Here's a look at Coleman and what else he said.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, College Board, Expect Changes in Test, SAT, Sees 'Revision'

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Colleges that don't require SAT or ACT: New survey

A new survey of accredited colleges and students shows that more than 800 admit all or many students without requiring SAT or ACT scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACT, College Admissions, More than 800, SAT

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012

SAT Problem of the Day' gives wrong answer

The College Board's SAT "Problem of the Day" is supposed to be helpful -- but that's hard when it cites the wrong answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Math?, SAT; SAT math problems

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/14/2010

College Board promotes holiday gift of ... test prep!

You can stop worrying what to get your teenager for Christmas. The non-profit College Board has a suggestion: test prep!

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  christmas gifts, college board, college board and sat, sat, sat test, sat test prep, test prep, test prep courses

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010

How to help African-American males in school: Treat them like gifted students

The way to help African-American males in school is for teachers to do for them what works for gifted students: Develop their strengths.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Achievement gap | Tags:  SAT scores, achievement gap, african-american males, black males, council of great city schools, national urban alliance, schools

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Why so many bright kids fail to launch in college

Nationwide, there is a large and growing group of bright kids whose brains aren’t wired right for a demanding college routine. The strategies and supports that worked in high school when they were living at home are not adequate to the new demands that college places on the executive functions of the brain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  SAT scores, add, adhd, college dropouts, college freshmen, college graduation, college work, executive functioning, graduation rates, high school, higher education, landmark college, learning disabilities

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/14/2010

The PSAT/National Merit test: What you should know

What you should know about the PSAT if you have a high school student.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  National Merit, National Merit scholarships, PSAT, PSAT prep, Princeton Review, SAT prep, college admissions, college scholarships, scholarships, test prep

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Why kids shouldn't take SAT, ACT too early

Increasing numbers of high school students are taking the SAT or ACT college admissions test in the fall of their junior year. They shouldn't. A college admissions consultant explains why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Vinik, Bruce Vinik, Bruce Vinik | Tags:  act, college admissions, sat

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010

How the ACT caught up with the SAT

For more than 80 years, the SAT has been the nation’s dominant, standardized college admissions exam. This year – for the first time – as many students in the high school class of 2010 sat for the rival ACT as took the SAT. How did it happen?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  act, college admissions, crossing the finish line, fairtest, sat, sat act, sat or act, sat vs. act, standardized tests, test-optional colleges, test-optional schools, writing section act, writing section sat

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 07/13/2010

Say 'no' to college admissions creep

A college admissions consultant argues that too many high school students are starting the college admissions process too early.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  bruce vinik, college admissions, college admissions creep, college admissions process, college applications, juniors and SAT, when to start the college application process, when to take the SAT

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/12/2010

Stop timing the ACT and SAT

It's way past time for the College Board and the ACT Inc. to stop timing their exams. Kids should be able to take as much time -- or as little -- on the test as they want.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SAT and ACT, SAT and ACT, SAT and ACT | Tags:  act, college admissions tests, college board and extended time, extended time on act, extended time on sat, fairtest and sat, how long is the act?, how long is the sat?, how to get extended time, howard gardner and sat, sat, sat and act, time limits on act, time limits on sat, timing the sat, which test is longer

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/09/2010

Do colleges superscore ACT and SAT equally?

With tens of thousands of rising high school seniors getting ready to take the ACT on Saturday, it’s a good time to review the issue of superscoring college admissions tests. How does it work?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SAT and ACT, SAT and ACT | Tags:  college admissions, college admissions tests, college application process, sat and act, superscoring, superscoring act, superscoring sat

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 04/26/2010

The D.C. area: Obsessed with SAT scores

If you have any doubt just how obsessed folks in the greater Washington D.C. area are with getting their children into college, you need look no further than the Washington Post’s list of best-selling books.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:05 AM ET, 04/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  SAT, college admissions, college board, official sat study guide, sat test advice, tips on taking the sat

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/25/2010

When kids cheat on SAT, ACT

What happens to kids who cheat on the SAT and the ACT? Even when they are caught, not as much as you might think.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  SAT and ACT, cheating on SAT, college admissions, college admissions tests

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/08/2010

Choosing ACT, SAT scores to send to colleges: A good idea?

High school students taking the SAT and ACT more than once can choose which scores (by test date--not by individual section) to send to many colleges and universities. The question is whether it is a good idea to cherry pick the scores. It may seem like it on the surface, but there are good reasons to reconsider.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Admissions, College Admissions | Tags:  ACT, SAT, college admissions

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/09/2009

SPOTLIGHT: The Man Who Takes SAT Tests for a Living

“On the SAT, if you’re brilliant and slow - you’ll get a very average score.”--test expert Edward Carroll Edward Carroll takes tests for a living. To be precise, he takes the SAT, the dreaded college admissions test owned by the...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SAT and ACT, SAT and ACT, SAT and ACT | Tags:  ACT, SAT, college admissions, test preparation