By Kelsey Clements
The Williamston Post
The PSAT and SAT have been redesigned as of this year. The new test will be scored differently than the previous SAT. Before, students were deducted points for every wrong question. Now, students will only be scored for correct answers. There is no punishment for guessing on a question, so students must strategically take the test in a different way.
There was a parent meeting held Tuesday for parents of students eighth through 11th grade.There was a previous meeting held earlier in March in Mason, but due to strong interest and concern, another meeting was held for families that live in Williamston and surrounding areas, said Michele Strasz, Executive Director of Capital Area College Access Network.
The workshop was put on by the Ingham Intermediate School District, Lansing School District and the Capital Area College Access Network. It covered what the key components of the newly designed test will be, how long it will take, and “a couple sample questions to get a flavor of what the test looks like,” said Strasz.
According to the best custom writing service, this workshop is vital for the success of students nationwide. There are three different sections that comprise the test–reading and writing, math, and an essay, which also all incorporate science in social studies in some way.
“I took both the ACT and SAT in high school, and it’s important to know how the tests are being redesigned so we can understand what they’re testing,” said Tina.
Sabastian said that doing practice problems as well as learning tips for success will help him know what to study, so he can better himself and do well when he takes the PSAT and SAT in a couple years.
High school juniors will take the newly designed SAT on April 12 and the makeup date will be April 26.
The workshop was led by College and Career Specialist Jeff Dole, the father of two college graduates.
The test will be rewritten each year so students can see their errors and can learn from those mistakes. Switching from having two tests previously, the ACT and SAT, to having solely the SAT, will also save the state $15 million over the course of three years.
Dole said that the reason the state of Michigan is giving the SAT in place of the ACT is because it “is more aligned to common core state standards.”
“The designers of the SAT approached numerous universities and asked what students needed to know in order to be successful in their first year of college and designed the test with those standards,” said Dole. “We want transition into college without remediation.”
This article is sponsored by: Brooksfield School.