Creating a College Admissions Testing Plan



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Creating a College Admissions Testing Plan

  • Summit Educational Group Presents
  • Evolution of the SAT
  • 1926
  • 2016
  • “The SAT is a psychological test designed primarily to assess aptitude for learning rather than mastery of subjects already learned, and to assess ability independently of any school curriculum.”
  • “The SAT must reflect the kinds of meaningful, engaging, rigorous work that students undertake in the best high school courses being taught today, thereby creating a robust and durable bond between assessment and instruction.”
  • Optional Essay
  • 4 answer choices per question
  • “Rights-only” scoring
  • Old SAT Score will NOT equal New SAT Score. Concordance Table to be published after March 2016
  • Structure and Scoring
  • 1 Total Score
  • (400-1600 scale)
  • Total Score
  • 2 Section Scores
  • (200-800 scale)
  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
  • Math
  • 3 Test Scores
  • (10-40 scale)
  • Reading
  • Writing & Language
  • Math
  • 2 Cross Test Scores
  • (10-40 scale)
  • Analysis in History / Social Studies
  • 7 Subscores
  • (1-15 Scale)
  • Words in Context
  • Heart of Algebra
  • Command of Evidence
  • Passport to Advanced Mathematics
  • Expression of Ideas
  • Problem Solving & Data Analysis
  • Standard English Conventions
  • Evidence-Based Writing & Language
  • Very similar to ACT English
  • Questions presented in extended passages
  • Focus on editing and revision
  • Greater emphasis on punctuation
  • At least 1 informational data graphic
  • 1 Section – 35 Minutes
  • 4 Passages, 11 Questions Each
  • Careers, History/Social Studies, Science, Humanities
  • Evidence-Based Writing & Language
  • SAMPLE
  • [. . .] The transportation planner’s job might involve conducting a traffic count to determine the daily number of vehicles traveling on the road to the new factory. If analysis of the traffic count indicates that there is more traffic than the current road as it is designed at this time can efficiently accommodate, the transportation planner might recommend widening the road to add another lane. [. . .]
  • 3. A) NO CHANGE
  • B) current design of the road right now
  • C) road as it is now currently designed
  • D) current design of the road
  • 3
  • Evidence-Based Writing & Language
  • 6. Which choice completes the sentence with accurate data based on the above graph?
  • NO CHANGE
  • warning, however, that job growth in urban and regional planning will slow to 14 percent by 2020.
  • predicting that employment of urban and regional planners will increase 16 percent between 2010 and 2020.
  • indicating that 14 to 18 percent of urban and regional planning positions will remain unfilled.
  • . . . Transportation planners perform critical work within the broader field of urban and regional planning. As of 2010, there were approximately 40,300 urban and regional planners employed in the United States. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts steady job growth in this field, projecting that 16 percent of new jobs in all occupations will be related to urban and regional planning. Population growth and concerns about environmental sustainability are expected to spur the need for transportation planning professionals.
  • Adapted from United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program.
  • 6
  • Evidence-Based Reading Test
  • Elimination of Sentence Completions
  • Elimination of Short Passages
  • Focus on Tier 2 words having multiple meanings (e.g, “channel”)
  • Students required to cite evidence
  • 1 “Great Global Conversation” passage per test
  • At least 1 informational data graphic
  • 1 Section – 65 Minutes
  • 4 Single Passages, 1 Pair
  • 52 Questions
  • US & World Literature, History/Social Studies, Science
  • Evidence-Based Reading Test
  • Evidence-Based Reading Test
  • SAMPLE
  • …The nature of impeachment: a narrowly channeled exception to the separation of powers maxim. The Federal Convention of 1787 said that. It limited impeachment to high crimes and misdemeanors, and discounted and opposed the term “maladministration.”…
  • As used in line 37, “channeled” most nearly means
  • worn.
  • sent.
  • constrained.
  • siphoned.
  • Focus on Tier 2 words
  • Words with multiple meanings
  • Derive meaning from context
  • Mathematics Test
  • Emphasis on Algebra (35%); less emphasis on Geometry (<10%)
  • Inclusion of higher level math such as Trigonometry
  • More real world problems with focus on science and social studies
  • More word problems; more reading
  • Multiple questions building off single scenario
  • 1 Calculator Section – 55 Minutes
  • 1 No-Calculator Section – 25 Minutes
  • Mathematics Test
  • SAMPLE
  • Aaron is staying at a hotel that charges $99.95 per night plus tax for a room. A tax of 8% is applied to the room rate, and an additional one-time untaxed fee of $5.00 is charged by the hotel. Which of the following represents Aaron’s total charge, in dollars, for staying x nights?
  • (99.95 + 0.08x) + 5
  • 1.08(99.95x) + 5
  • 1.08(99.95x + 5)
  • 1.08(99.95 + 5)x
  • The Essay Test
  • Measures students’ ability to explain how an author crafts an argument
  • Rates students on strength of analysis and coherence of writing
  • Two readers will score each essay from 1-4 in three areas: Reading, Analysis, and Writing*
  • *Above scoring is provisional, pending research
  • 50 Minutes
  • 1 Common Prompt
  • Optional
  • The Essay Test
  • As you read the passage below, consider how Dana Gioia uses:
  • evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.
  • reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.
  • stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.
  • [High Quality Source Text Here – 650-750 Words]
  • Write an essay in which you explain how Dana Gioia builds an argument to persuade his audience that the decline of reading in America will have a negative effect on society. In your essay, analyze how Gioia uses one or more of the features listed in the box above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of his argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage.
  • Your essay should not explain whether you agree with Gioia’s claims, but rather explain how Gioia builds an argument to persuade his audience.
  • Primary Themes of Redesigned SAT
  • Emphasis on citing evidence; permeates entire test, including Math
  • Informational data graphics throughout entire test, including Reading and Writing.
  • Reading from wide range of texts, including “Founding Documents” and works from “Great Global Conversation”
  • Derive meaning of Tier 2 vocabulary through context, rather than in isolation
  • Math focus is narrower and deeper
  • Essay requires students to explain and analyze how an author crafts an argument
  • Science and History/Social Studies tested throughout. Cross-Test scores generated in both areas.
  • ACT in Sheep’s Clothing?
  • 4 answer choices
  • Rights-only scoring
  • Writing Test very similar to ACT English Test
  • Test of achievement rather than aptitude
  • Incorporates science
  • *See Comparison Chart similarities and differences among old SAT, redesigned SAT, and ACT
  • New SAT and ACT Differences
  • New SAT Questions
  • More challenging
  • Require deeper understanding of concepts
  • Narrower focus of skills
  • More time per question
  • ACT Questions
  • Straightforward
  • Require instant recognition
  • Require constant, rapid pace
  • New SAT and ACT Differences
  • Time per Question
  • ACT
  • Redesigned SAT
  • % More Time
  • Reading
  • 53 seconds
  • 75 seconds
  • 42%
  • Math
  • 60 seconds
  • 84 seconds
  • 40%
  • English/Writing
  • 36 seconds
  • 48 seconds
  • 33%
  • Science
  • 53 seconds
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Have a Testing Plan
  • Which tests should I take?
  • When should I take them?
  • How and when should I prepare for them?
  • Guiding Principles
  • Students score their best at end of junior year and fall of senior year.
  • It is the RARE student who is finished by January of junior year, even high scorers.
  • Most students will score the same, no matter what tests they take, but it’s worth looking for a student’s best test.
  • Prepping for one test helps prepare for the other.
  • A good testing plan prioritizes school work over test prep. Testing early and often is generally not sensible.
  • Test Dates – 2015/2016
  • PSAT
  • SAT and Subject Tests*
  • ACT
  • October 14, 2015
  • October 3, 2015
  • September 12, 2015
  • November 7, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • December 5, 2015
  • December 12, 2015
  • January 23, 2016
  • February 6, 2016
  • March 12, 2016(SAT only)
  • April 9, 2016
  • May 7, 2016
  • June 11, 2016
  • June 4, 2016
  • *Dates tentative. Please check collegeboard.org for latest information.
  • New PSAT and SAT Dates
  • Preparing: Best Practices
  • Work hard in school to develop underlying skills.
  • Have a SENSIBLE testing plan (tests/test dates/prep).
  • Schedule prep so it leads up to the test date.
  • Take a diagnostic to identify areas for development. Assessment is key.
  • Learn test-taking strategies. Bolster skills.
  • Take real practice tests.
  • Don’t prep for both the SAT and ACT at the same time.
  • Preparing for one test doesn’t fully prepare you for the other, but it will give you a good head start.
  • Maintain perspective.
  • Last, But Not Least…
  • Maintain perspective. It’s just a test.
  • Grades 5-12 Test Preparation & Academic Support
  • One-on-One, In-Home Test Prep and Tutoring
  • Classroom-Based Test Prep
  • Course Materials and Services


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