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Monday
Apr132009

The Current State of the SAT

This weekend I was doing some research on the current state of the SAT--  you don't want to know why; really, you don't-- and turns out they've changed the whole mofo around.  I am furious.  They GOT RID OF THE STUPID FREAKING ANALOGY SECTION and replaced it with some kind of pussified "sentence completion" ditto sheet.  And?  There's an essay.  You have to write crap down.

FURIOUS.  All those hours of weeping over a practice booklet, and then, when I'm already finished with it, they turn around and change the rules of this thing so that I'd actually look like a somewhat competent person on the other side of it.

...Oh wait, there's still a math section.  Never mind.

although it's probably the kind with pictures of a bunch of pennies and dimes, asking how much money is there at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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[...] Beth is just thrilled about the current state of the SAT. Share and [...]

I concur. And interestingly, I just had to pay for the pleasure of having them root around to find my decades old, unimpressive score. They send it, and somehow, it's lower than I remembered. Then they send me an additional bill for . . . I don't know, bothering them.

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteel Magnolia

...Yeah, I got into Saint Mary's on my ACT scores, which, I believe, doubled the value of the verbal section. It's probably, what, octupled these days.

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Maybe next year they will have the test in Twitter format!! :-P

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I proctor the SAT and with the writing section it is now 5 hours long. Also, they still make you write (in cursive) the statement that says you are actually the person taking the test and not an impostor. I have to write the statement on the chalkboard each time as they teach cursive in schools anymore. (They teach typing instead as these days no one needs to know cursive.) It is worth the money but barely.

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

I teach cursive to third graders! I tell them that they will need to know how to sign papers in cursive, and that they will look so much more intelligent when they are able to write in cursive when they are older.....probably no longer true, but my eight-year-olds are still innocent enough to believe it!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemming

I am extremely disappointed that the analogy section no longer exists! I think everyone should have to suffer through the exact same SAT test I took in 1986!
And honestly, what exactly is the point of the essay????

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemming

As a professional editor, I support any attempt to make people prove that they can express themselves and/or cogently defend any line of reasoning at all in writing. So even though there was no essay on my SAT, I'm glad to hear that there is one now.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

Hey, and isn't the new-fangled SAT scored on 2400 points instead of the 1600 that it used to be? I think that essay section is what added the extra points to the max score--and, of course, the extra time required to take the exam itself.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

Wiserlemming,

No offense intended. I am glad to know some school systems still teach cursive. The ones around here are phasing it out. It is so sad.

Also, the point of the essay is that most colleges required an essay score, which had to be done on the SAT Subject Tests before. So many people were taking the subject tests just to write an essay that they made it part of the regular test. This is the second year with the essay. They also changed the timing on the other tests and added 2 more breaks. plus, my personal favorite, a 1 minutre stertch break. Instructions speciffically say " you may stretch but do not move out of your desk area. You may not talk, eat, drink, move out of your seat area, sharpen pencils, make noise of any kind or disturb others around you. You may take your seat in one minute, the proctor can not hold the test for you and you must be back in one minute."

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelle Belle

Now that I've read your explanation, Kelle Belle, the essay does make sense. Thanks for the clarification. I guess I just don't adjust well to change. I'm one of those who believes "if it isn't broke, don't fix it." (I can't bring myself to write that old saying using the word "ain't").
I enjoyed also reading your description of the stretch break. It sounds very similar to the type of ridiculous rules I have to subject my third graders to during the AIMS test---Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards. This is the statewide standardized test that comes with more rules and regulations than any exam I have ever taken, from the SAT up to and including the teaching license exams---which I have taken both in Indiana and in Arizona!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemming

You okay out there? Haven't seen anything from you in a while. Hope The Man isn't getting you down!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy t.
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