CURMUDGUCATION blog post: Avoid the SAT! It’s a disaster for your students waiting to happen!

Avoid the SAT

Posted: 19 Dec 2015 05:44 AM PST

This story has been circulating pretty steadily, but if you teach juniors (or have one in your home) you need to be paying attention, because all indications are that when the new SAT rolls out in a few months, high school juniors should avoid it

The most recent sign that the College Board doesn’t really know what the heck they’re doing is the announcement that PSAT scores will not be out till January

, a good month later than the usual unveiling. And really, we have only the College Board’s assurance that they will meet the new January due date– just as we had their assurance that scores would be out in December.

The PSAT score return is critical because it’s the first chance for juniors to see how they line up with the upcoming New! Improved! SAT. Now they’ll be waiting for that.

This is not the first we’ve heard that the New! Improved! SAT should be avoided like a bad haircut.

Way back in April, Dan Edmonds (Noodle

) was in Forbes giving three reasons to avoid the revamped SAT. His reasons were

1) Lack of test prep options. Nobody has had a chance to get prepped and ready to get students prepped and ready.

2) Late results. College Board has said they won’t release March test results until after the May tests. This may make sense from a “let’s see what we’ve got here” test-norming standpoint, but still– late is late.

3) The New! Improved! SAT is trying to look like the ACT. If you’re going to take a test like the ACT, why not take the ACT?

Test prep experts have been speaking out against taking that New! Improved! SAT. Back in March, Adam Ingersoll of the Compass Group was encouraging students not to be guinea pigs

for the College Board. At the same time, that advice was being echoed byAnthony Green,

one of the top test prep gurus in the US, who saidhe’s advising all of his clients to skip the new test


“I’m recommending that none of my students take the first three rounds of the new SAT (March, May, and June of 2016),” Green said. “Why let students be guinea pigs for the College Board’s marketing machine?”

Tell us what you really think, Anthony.

The “new SAT” is basically a poorly disguised marketing gimmick that’s trying to:

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