- “With a paper test, it's much easier to write down your work and thought process on scrap paper, which would be considerably more difficult to do on a computer.”
- “It is easier to think with a paper in front of you. Computers, even if you can't do anything else on them, are distracting and make students want to do other things. I like to write on papers and be able to see the whole reading passage, not scroll down a page.”
- “Because it's just so much easier to take that way... And its faster. You can flip back and forth pages much easier, and everyone knows that it's much easier to take a test when you can write on it. An online SAT would be a nightmare.”
- “Because staring at a computer screen for a four hour test is not healthy for one.”
Aside from strong support for going to a computer-based format, parents in favor of changing the SAT vary widely in opinion on what exactly should change. The strongest recurring theme was that the test content needs to be relevant with the times: “Topics more relevant to the new economy,” “Not sure, but it should keep up with the times,” “more relevant questions,” “Questions that are more modern,” “our tests need to be updated & modern,” “more questions that reflect today’s society,” “should be changed every few years as the world progresses to update” were among the many comments in this vein. Another recurring theme expressed by parents, but far more so by students in favor of SAT change, is the desire to see the test shortened. “Make it shorter” was echoed repeatedly throughout the comments, with many students advocating elimination of the essay section.Jeff Olson, Vice President of Data Science at Kaplan Test Prep, noted that the earliest cohort to potentially be impacted by a new SAT would be the class of 2016, or today’s freshmen, who may see an SAT aligned to Common Core Learning Standards. “While the SAT administrator has not given specifics on proposed test changes, all indications are that a new SAT will see content that’s aligned to Common Core Standards and put a greater emphasis on college readiness skills,” said Olson. For more information about the upcoming changes to the SAT and Kaplan Test Prep’s survey, please contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates on the changes, visit www.kaptest.com/satchange. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. *From a Kaplan March 2013 e-survey of 396 students who took a Kaplan SAT course and took the March SAT.
**From a Kaplan March 2013 e-survey of 302 parents whose high school children will take or have taken the SAT or ACT ® .About Kaplan Test Prep Kaplan Test Prep ( www.kaptest.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services. Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO)