In a major move to make the SAT college-entrance exam more equitable, the College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy, an online education nonprofit, to create high-quality test-prep materials – for free.
The College Board has given Khan Academy exclusive access to create the online practice program, potentially disrupting a multi-million dollar test-prep industry that often prioritizes test-taking strategies over learning the material. The goals are to level the playing field for students who may not have the financial resources to invest in pricey test-prep programs, make study materials more relevant and encourage the mastery of skills in reading, mathematics and writing.
The Khan Academy study program begins with a video explaining the changes in the SAT that begin in March 2016. This is only the second major revision of the SAT in the past decade. Among the changes, there will be an optional essay section, the material will emphasize relevant vocabulary over obscure words, and students will not be penalized for wrong answers.
After completing diagnostic quizzes, Khan Academy will offer students unlimited practice and feedback, including video lessons, full-length practice tests and personalized study recommendations.
Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and at least half of all students take the SAT twice.