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Ed experts debate efficacy of revamped SAT test set to debut in March




Suzane Nazir uses a Princeton Review SAT Preparation book to study for the test in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Suzane Nazir uses a Princeton Review SAT Preparation book to study for the test in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
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Four years in the making, the new SAT test will be unveiled in a month. It’s the biggest overhaul of the college admission test in a decade.

The new test places more emphasis on reading and comprehension, even in the math section. Critics charge that the shift will penalize students whose first language isn’t English, and also those who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Supporters say that the new version is more intellectually rigorous and is a much better gauge of college readiness than the old test.

Guests:

Jed Applerouth, educator and founder of Applerouth Tutoring Services, a national organization that helps students prep for college admission tests like the SAT

Robert Schaeffer, public education director at the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts that advocates to reform testing practices