SAT scores fell this year because the revised test puts a premium on reading and high-level math writes David Kahn, an SAT tutor, in Opinion Journal.
. . . ETS has increased the penalty for not reading throughout one’s school years. Studying vocabulary lists before the test — a long-favored shortcut to lifting scores — just won’t cut it anymore. Students who read widely and often throughout their elementary and high-school years develop the kinds of reading skills measured by the new SAT. Students who avoid reading don’t — and can’t develop them in a cram course.
The new math section is harder because it includes pre-calculus questions.
The test is “biased against people who aren’t well-educated,” Kahn writes.