The ETS / Khan Academy Alliance – Can it help you prep for the New SAT in 2016?

The first week of school for most of you and it doesn’t take long to get right into it does it.  I already have people who are prepping for academic quizzes and tests and have papers to write.. in the first week of school… pretty harsh 🙂

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Now, in the last few months I have been asked countless times:

What’s the deal with this new SAT?

Is it going to be better for my child?

What do we do?

Having tutoring through a few of these test ‘improvements’ in the past 20 years of tutoring, I can tell you that it’s something like the quote from the Simon and Garfunkle song…

“After changes upon changes we are more or less the same”

(Can you name that tune?!?! )

So, since I have had a number of people asking me about this, and what should we do…  so I wanted to get it to all of you directly.

As you should know by now, the SAT is going through a facelift.  The ‘new’ test rolls out in March of 2016 (until then students and take the existing SAT and the ACT << which I recommend).

At any rate, one of the ‘perks’ of this new SAT is a partnership with the online education company – Khan Academy.  I think this is a good place to start (short of direct tutoring of course!!!) since they have a partnership with the ETS, one should assume that they information is good… but in my mind the jury is still out.

https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

On the site… you can have (free!) access to (per their site):

Practice tests and more – 4 official full-length practice tests, plus study and test-taking tips

Short quizzes – 8 diagnostic quizzes to pinpoint your areas for practice

Interactive practice – Thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints

Instant feedback – Get constant feedback and progress so you know where you stand

My goal is, and always will be, for my test prep students to have the best plan going into these exams.  So I feel strongly that any information which helps you to improve you skills an to practice and build confidence is a good thing.  My caveat, while most of the info on Khan Academy is sound, I have NOT personally used the majority of materials on this site.

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