The New SATs
The Washington Post reports that a preview of the new SAT test is out and it actually sounds kind of better?
There are two major changes to the multiple-choice format of the SAT. The test will list four possible answers to each question instead of five. And there no longer will be a scoring deduction for incorrect responses, which the College Board said would encourage students “to give the best answer they have for every question without fear of being penalized for making their best effort.”
In reading, a section that will take 65 minutes, there will be 52 multiple-choice questions based on several passages totaling about 3,200 words. Forty percent of the passages will be in science, 40 percent in history/social studies and 20 percent in literature.
One sample question asks about this sentence: “The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering of jobs, innovation, and productivity in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions.”
Students are then asked whether “intense” most nearly means: (A) emotional; (B) concentrated; (C) brilliant; or (D) determined.
Other sample questions ask for analysis of a complex congressional speech on impeachment and for interpretation of data from a passage and informational graphic about turtle migration.
I kind of want to take this test a la Drew Magary to see how fun it is. It does seem kind of fun when you have no stake in it.
Somewhat related: In college, I had a side gig as an SAT proctor, which I got via a job listing on campus. I basically had to watch a bunch of nervous kids take a test, and the job paid about $15 an hour! Highly recommended if you are looking for extra cash on the weekend and can find a gig in your area.
Also, the answer is (B).
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