New Data Links Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to Substantial Student Score Gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the Redesigned SAT
New Data Links Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to Substantial Student Score Gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the Redesigned SATCollege Board Communications
RESULTS ARE IN.
On May 8, 2017, the College Board and Khan Academy announced promising new findings, based on data from the first full year of the new SAT®.
“It was time to shatter once and for all the bad idea that the SAT was an aptitude test, that the SAT measures something that’s unclear and hard to change. The new SAT makes it easier than ever for students to show their best work,” said College Board president and CEO David Coleman. “Students who devote themselves to free, personalized SAT practice on Khan Academy are achieving substantial score gains on the new SAT and claiming their futures.”
Studying for the SAT on Official SAT Practice for 20 hours is associated with an average score gain of 115 points. That’s nearly double the average score gain achieved by students who don't use Khan Academy.
Out of the nearly 250,000 test takers studied, more than 16,000 gained 200 points or more between the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT.
In addition to the 115-point average score increase associated with 20 hours of practice, shorter practice periods also correlate with meaningful score gains. For example, 6–8 hours of practice on Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 90-point increase.
The College Board waited for a full year of data to analyze before releasing these results. Researchers confirmed that practice advanced students regardless of their gender, race, income, and high school GPA.
“What we’re so excited about is every young person in America getting the chance to learn a powerful lesson: that through devoted practice you can advance yourself,” said Coleman. “These tests can never tell you who you are, and they never should have. They are only an invitation to what you might become through practice. We’re trying to do everything in our power to make the SAT a launching pad from which students can change their future.”
New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman celebrated the news, dubbing Official SAT Practice a proven tool for promoting lifelong learning and “owning your own future.” He wrote: “If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner. And that means: More is now on you. And that means self-motivation to learn and keep learning becomes the most important life skill...Some are up for that, some not; and many want to but don’t know how, which is why the College Board has reshaped the PSAT and SAT exams to encourage lifelong learning...The good news is that systems—like Khan-College Board—are emerging everywhere to enable anyone to accelerate learning for the age of acceleration.”
PRACTICE TAKES OFF.
Since its launch in June 2015, more than 3.7 million students have used Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Nearly 40 percent of all test takers reported using Official SAT Practice, making it the number one tool for SAT preparation.
“The SAT is a strong measure of college readiness. It is heartening to see this positive association between personalized practice on Khan Academy and growth in college readiness,” said Khan Academy founder and CEO Sal Khan. “This was only possible because of the hard work of many people, especially incredible teachers, counselors and school districts who have leveraged these practice tools for their students.”
GET READY FOR TEST DAY.
Behind every story of student success is a teacher, counselor, advisor, coach, parent, or other caring adult.
Visit the College Board website to find ways to bring Official SAT Practice to your students. We’ve put together a teacher/coach implementation guide, handouts for students and parents, video resources, and more.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING.
Hear from a few students who used Official SAT Practice and saw their hard work pay off in the new Better Takes Practice video.
Check back on All Access throughout the week to see more student stories.