When we redesigned our tests, we did so with a commitment to providing assessments that are better tied to opportunities for students. Here we present some highlights of the progress we’re making toward that goal.
Providing Students with Free SAT Practice
Because of our partnership with Khan Academy®, a leader in online education, we are able to offer all students, regardless of income level or background, access to interactive, personalized SAT practice resources—absolutely free. Launched in June 2015, this first-of-its-kind practice tool eliminates the previous reality of high-quality SAT practice help being available only to those who could afford it.
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy encourages students to practice for the SAT regularly, and gives them immediate feedback on their answers. Students receive customized practice recommendations based on their SAT or PSAT-related assessment results and their work on the site.
Based on our initial analysis:
- Since June 2015, more than 1.7 million unique users signed up to practice for the SAT for free with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.
- Nearly 60% of all test takers who took the new SAT this spring and practiced for the test reported using Official SAT Practice to prepare, compared to 19% who used commercial test prep, and there was a 10% drop in the number of students who paid for SAT prep resources.
- Students are linking their accounts at similar rates regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, income, or parental education. Students can choose to link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access personalized recommendations based on their past SAT or PSAT-related assessment results.
For the first time, all students have access to high-quality practice resources that not only help them prepare for the SAT, but reinforce what they’re learning in class.
Leveling the Playing Field with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and SAT School Day
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Florida has a long-standing commitment to expanding access to opportunities for its students. The district offers the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT in school for free to all its students; its teachers incorporate Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy into their weekly lesson plans; and a partnership with the Orange County YMCA ensures students have a place to continue their practice after school.
The district has many initiatives in place to make sure teachers and students know how to sign up for and access Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. For example, every junior at Oak Ridge High School spends 30 minutes per week practicing on Official SAT Practice. Last year during the school’s “You Khan Do It” campaign, students were encouraged to practice outside of school and get extra credit, and classes competed with one another to win prizes donated by local businesses, front-of-the-line lunch passes, and in-school breakfast celebrations.
As a result of the district’s efforts, nearly every OCPS student who took the PSAT/NMSQT, the PSAT 10, or the PSAT 8/9 has linked their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access free, personalized SAT practice.
“Khan Academy really does level the playing field for all of our students. It gives them equal access to test prep ... one extra advantage that they didn’t have before.”
— Betsy Leis, Language Arts Teacher, Oak Ridge High School
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