What does that mean and how does it affect my student?
In the latest wave of standardized testing news, The College Board, the organization that runs the SAT, recently announced that it would do away with subject tests as well as the optional essay section of their examinations effective immediately. What implications does this have on college-bound students?
According to the College Board officials, they cite that the coronavirus pandemic has “accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to reduce and simplify demands on students.” Additionally, they are continuing the development of a version of the SAT test that could be administered digitally at home. There is still no time frame for when a digital version of the SAT would be rolled out nationwide, but the excitement and desire for it continue to grow.
The move to do away with the optional essay section of the SAT has been a long time coming, even before the pandemic. Fewer schools were requiring applicants to submit this section for consideration for candidacy. Students can showcase their skills in essay writing specifically in the reading and writing section of the SAT. Additionally, schools that have supplemental essays as part of their application are a great place to strut your writing stuff, while also communicating your desire to attend that particular school.
This new streamlined approach gives students an opportunity to laser-focus their test prep strategy! Taking a practice test to get a baseline and working with a professional to customize test preparation focused on your unique learning style will help students feel more confident overall and better prepared for standardized testing.
At Fusion, we offer individualized Test Prep sessions that help students prepare for the SAT, ACT, or both. Our teachers work with students on practice tests, study skills, assessing and closing gaps, and more. This summer we are also offering a virtual Test Prep 101 camp led by a Fusion Post-Secondary Counselor for students who want to better understand the current SAT/ACT landscape.
It’s a confusing time in the world of college admissions, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Reach out to your nearest Fusion Academy campus to learn more and get started.