Bruce Reed of Compass Education Group recently attended the College Board Forum in Las Vegas and put together a great blog to recap updates around SAT redesign, PSAT and more. Check out some of his highlights below. Great reminder that testing companies do not have the new tests yet and that we all have to be patient.
“The senior members of the College Board’s research and assessment team presented an update on the Redesigned SAT (“rSAT”) and related upcoming changes…
- A PSAT8/9 will debut in the Fall of 2015. This is ReadiStep rebranded. Expect a testing window that runs from September to February, and an additional 2-week window in the spring.
- There will be a PSAT10 ((yes, separate from the PSAT/NMSQT and normed for sophomores only)) debuting in March 2016. It will also have a 2-week testing window.
- Full forms (6 to be exact) for the rSAT are done. Or maybe I should say, they are “done,” because when I asked for granular specifications, they hedged and said they are still finalizing those. Remember the 11th-hour addition of the 10-minute Writing section back in 2004? There are always late stage psychometric tweaks that need to occur when assessments are created or redesigned. We still don’t know things like exact section timing and questions per section. We don’t know if the experimental/equating items will have their own section like they do now, or if they’ll be intermixed throughout the test.
…Let me make a quick public service warning, and a plea to my fellow test prep industry leaders as well: be patient. We will see new forms this spring, and they will be accurate. At least a few overzealous test prep companies have felt the need to be first for the sake of being first, and that doesn’t serve anyone’s best interest in the long run. I’ve heard of at least three commercial claims this month offering full practice tests and course books for the rSAT. Most first semester sophomores don’t need to be taking a full practice SAT yet, let alone a fabricated one that will almost certainly not match the exact structure of the real test we’ll see in a few months. Those doing this are making us all look bad, so let’s agree to be a little more responsible with our messaging and practice what we should be preaching.”
Read his full post here: Fresh Updates from Forum: SAT Redesign and More
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