SAT gets an overhaul, partners with Khan Academy

Changes to the SAT include offering free test prep, digital version of the exam

SAT-Khan-testingMajor changes are coming to the SAT, the College Board announced Wednesday at SXSWedu, including a test preparation partnership with the nonprofit learning website Khan Academy.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate closely with the College Board to level the playing field by making truly world-class test-prep materials freely available to all students,” said Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy.

Through the partnership, Khan Academy will offer 200 online videos to be used as study aids for the newly redesigned SAT. Like all of Khan Academy’s offerings, the videos will be free to watch.

This is a marked shift addressing a well-known criticism of the SAT: that only wealthy students can afford to purchase strong test preparation materials.The test-prep market is worth more than $1 billion.

Paul Kanarek, senior vice president of test prep company Princeton Review, told Politico that “the industry is going to undergo some upheaval” due to the SAT’s overhaul.

(Next page: Other changes; reaction to the SAT’s update)

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