Tag: New SAT exam

How Difficult is the New SAT?

New SATLong gone are the days of memorizing esoteric lexicon for the reading comprehension section, literature examples for the essay or grammar rules for confusing writing scenarios created by the College Board. The New SAT has now carried out three implementations of the college bound exam; three in the United States and two tests for the rest of the world. And the verdicts are in.

The Atlantic reports:

…more than two months after the first administration of the revamped exam and years after the media started to speculate about the new test’s difficulty. And it turns out that, after years of stagnation, the scores have gone up—rather significantly.

As a result of the higher scores, there is talk that the test is much easier. Here at SanLi, one of Hong Kong’s Top SAT Academies and the most successful Test Prep Center on the Mainland of China, we’ve even seen many of our students score quite nicely.

SanLi Student’s 1520 on the New SAT (May Exam) w/ Perfect 800 in Math

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Importance of Reading for new sat and act

booksSo the standardized tests are dueling. Prompted in part by the ACT’s runaway success, the SAT is loudly overhauling its test structure. The ACT is also adjusting its format albeit more quietly. The new SAT and ACT will now be more aligned than they ever have been before, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it.


On the plus side, the tests should feel more similar to high school and college curriculums. Students no longer have to stuff their brains full of obscure SAT vocabulary words they will forget the moment they finish the test. Instead, the new SAT asks kids to understand words through context. It’s much more similar to the way in which vocabulary is introduced in college as well as the working world. Similarly, the tools kids need to succeed on the new ACT are now theoretically more closely linked to the tools kids need to succeed in college. The new ACT essay, for example, focuses more on world issues rather than the particular school debates of before. For both tests, the changes are designed to be more related and relatable to high school and college classrooms.

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