The SAT dropped analogies and added an essay to make the exam less coachable. Education Gadfly notes that test prep companies are crowing about their students’ results.
Paul Kanarek of Princeton Review told the newspaper Inside Higher Ed that “people are getting absurdly good results, much better than we predicted, especially on the writing test. . . . We had long suspected that the first example of the new test would be reasonably easy and that scoring was going to be generous, and it looks like that’s what happened.” The College Board scoffs, claiming that scale scores have remained stable from the last administration of the old test, and since no official figures are available yet no one has any way of judging.
If the test measures teachable skills — and surely writing a short essay can be taught — than those who can afford extra teaching are likely to do well.