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Sylvan Learning Helps Students Master New SAT 

Mar 31, 2016
BALTIMORE, MD— Sylvan Learning has refreshed its SAT prep program in advance of The College Board’s first major revamp of the test in 11 years.The new SAT places greater emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis. It also provides a new scoring model to help test takers better understand their strengths and weaknesses.Sylvan Learning has analyzed these changes and altered its prep program so students will have the edge they need to improve their test scores. Each year, over 15,000 students enroll in Sylvan prep program. The revised SAT that goes into effect in March includes the following changes: FORMAT  Test time decreases from 3:45 hours with sections on critical reading, writing, mathematics and an essay to 3 hours with sections on evidence-based reading and writing, math and an optional essay.
Test content will focus on the knowledge, skills and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success.
Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and how word choice shapes meaning, tone and impact.
ESSAY  Essay is now optional and given at the end of the test. Students opting for the essay will be allowed 50 additional minutes. The essay goal is to test reading, analysis and writing skills.
SCORING  Students will only be scored on correct answers. There will be no penalty for wrong answers.
Scale will range from 400 to 1600 with 200 to 800 points for evidence-based reading and writing; 200 to 800 for math and 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for the essay (essay results reported separately).
SUBSCORE REPORTING A subscore report provides added insights for students, parents, admissions officers, educators, and counselors for each test.

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