SAT Redesign: The New College Admissions Exam

August 9, 2013 

In February, the College Board announced it would redesign the SAT. The test, which was last updated in 2005, has declined in popularity, losing its spot as the top college admissions exam to the ACT. Critics felt the last revamp only made the test longer and more expensive, according to a Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss.

College Board President David Coleman, who also authored the Common Core Standards, will be leading the redesign, Strauss reported. The group hopes the redesign will make the exam a better predictor of college success and career readiness. The SAT redesign is expected to be released in 2015.

Last week the New York Times asked educators to share the questions they believe should be on the new college admissions exam. “What Would You Ask? A Dozen Fantasy Questions for the New SAT” covers the suggested questions, covering everything from economics to psychology to poetry.

Pomona College’s Dean of Admissions Seth Allen asked students:

What do you believe is the purpose of your education?

a. To learn a certain set of knowledge.

b. To qualify for an appropriate job.

c. To develop the ability to ask the right questions.

d. All of the above.

e. None of the above.

To read questions submitted by educators to the New York Times, click here.

For more information on the SAT redesign, read “A New SAT” by Inside Higher Ed‘s Scott Jaschik.



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