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What San Diego’s High School Students Can Expect On The New SAT

Aired 1/26/16 on KPBS Midday Edition.

What San Diego’s High School Students Can Expect On The New SAT


Matthew Hebert, director of student recruitment and school relations, San Diego State University

David Kim, ceo, C2 Education


A redesigned SAT college entrance exam makes its debut this March, affecting high school students graduating in 2017 and later.

The College Board, the non-profit behind the test, says it’s changing the SAT to “to focus on the few things that evidence show matter most for college and career readiness.”

Under the new test, students won’t be required to take the essay portion of the exam, there will be no penalty for wrong answers and calculator use will be restricted.

David Kim, CEO of C2 Education — which provides SAT tutoring — said on Tuesday's Midday Edition, "There’s been a lot of criticism aimed at the test. Some of those criticisms are that it’s unrelated to what kids learn at school… Another big criticism is that it’s been a poor predictor of college success."

Kim said the redesigned test will aim to incorporate information from real-world lesson plans. "The new SAT is designed to be more related to what students have learned at school, so there’s less supposed teaching toward the test,” said Kim.

Matthew Hebert, director of student recruitment and school relations at San Diego State University, said students who struggle with the new SAT can always take the ACT instead, and it won't affect their application to SDSU.

Hebert said SAT scores are not a make-or-break part of the application process. "Standing alone, the SAT is not used as an admissions tool to admit or deny a student. It’s used in combination with other factors,” he said.

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