CLAREMONT, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nick Standlea, founder and CEO of Test Prep Gurus, discussed the redesigned SAT to be released in the Spring of 2016 and specifically, how this decision by the College Board will affect the college admissions process. The event was held at The Webb Schools in Claremont, California on Tuesday, April 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by The Webb Schools, Nick Standlea explained to students and their families the changes to the new SAT, new question types, reasons for the change, and how the redesigned SAT exam will be used in the future of college admissions.
- What the new SAT will look like and how it will differ from the current version of the exam
- How the fundamental role of the SAT in college admission decisions won't change at all
- New SAT question structure, including "evidence-based," "argument-based," and "ladder-style" verbal questions
- The "market-share" between the SAT and ACT as a driving force behind the changes to the new SAT
- The truth behind selective "test optional" colleges, highlighting that the majority of students will still submit standardized test scores
- How the ACT and SAT are becoming much more similar
- The weight given to a student's standardized test score in the overall decision to admit or deny at highly selective colleges
- Creating a "healthy" timeline for test preparation for the SAT or ACT
- What the new PSAT will look like and differences between the PSAT and the SAT
- The correlation between high income and high scores on the SAT
- The correlation between the rising number of applications at the country's top colleges and the corresponding decrease in the percentage of students admitted to said colleges
- The correlation between the rise in the number of perfect scores on the ACT and the rise of test prep firms
- Profiles of past students who have tutored with Test Prep Gurus and details related to the success or failure of those students' programs
About Nick Standlea:
Nick Standlea is founder and CEO of Test Prep Gurus. His speaking engagements on standardized exams include UC Berkeley, the A Better Chance Foundation, Sage Hill School, The Webb Schools, and the Western Association of College Counseling (WACAC). Nick has earned a perfect score on the SAT -- but is much more proud of his students' and tutors' many successes. His current ambition is to turn the standard model of test prep on its head – shifting the focus away from "anxiety, fear and boot camps" to "goal setting, personal improvement, and celebrating success however the student defines it."
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