Khan Academy is now offering free, online SAT test prep, reports the New York Post.
College Board, which administers the exam, gave Khan access to the new SAT that will be introduced next spring. Khan Academy, a Silicon Valley nonprofit known for its instructional videos, has developed quizzes and interactive practice tests.
If students answer a question incorrectly, the software will show “the specific skills on which they need to improve, offer step-by-step explanations for deriving the correct answer and recommend personalized practice tutorials from the Khan Academy library.”
Nicole Hurd, founder of a nonprofit called College Advising Corps that places trained advisers in underserved high schools, was given a preview of the materials and called them a “real paradigm shift.”
“I think they are really trying to change this from test preparation to an educational opportunity,” Hurd said. “If a young person takes the SAT math section, and they don’t do well, instead of saying, ‘Well, you don’t do well,’ it will push them back into the Khan curriculum so they can get the math skills they need so they are SAT-ready.”
The redesigned SAT will make the essay section option, returning to the traditional 1,600-point scale.
Test-takers won’t lose points for wrong answers.
Questions will track what students are learning in high school and the skills they’ll need for college, Coleman said. Vocabulary words like “querulous” have been replaced with more commonly used terms such as “synthesis,” he said.