2002-09-28 / Community

Smith Hails Changes For SAT Testing

Smith Hails Changes For SAT Testing

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has said that modifications to the national College Board for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will significantly improve the standardized college entrance exam for thousands of New York State high school students by placing greater emphasis on the writing, math and verbal skills students need to succeed in college today.

"The changes approved for the SAT 1 exam fully and accurately reflect what’ s appropriate for student success in college," Senator Smith said, noting that the new test will include an increased emphasis on writing, mathematics and critical reading preparation.

The changes, approved by the College Board’s board of trustees at its June meeting, will become effective beginning with SAT 1 exams administered in March, 2005.

Changes were approved for three areas:

Writing: For the first time, there will be a writing test, including multiple choice, grammar usage questions, and a written essay;

Math: The SAT 1 Math Exam will be modified in two critical ways. The new test will no longer include quantitative analysis questions, and will be expanded to cover three years of high school math testing in Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II; and

Verbal (now Critical Reading): Content changes to the new SAT 1 Verbal test will include adding shorter reading passages to the existing long reading passages, and eliminating analogies.

According to the Queens lawmaker, these latest changes were approved after several years of extensive research and consideration by educators and psychometric experts at the College Board, in consultation with individual educators and groups of academic officials, guidance professionals and enrollment and admission officers who regularly advise the national association.

"New York’s world-class colleges and universities have long set the standard for academic excellence, and these practical and timely changes will help more of our State’s high school students successfully prepare for college and promising careers beyond," Senator Smith said.

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