Kaplan Test Prep Comments on the 2018 SAT® Scores Report

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New York, NY (October 25, 2018) — The following statement about the annual SAT scores report released by the College Board showing an 8-point median score increase from 1060 in 2017 to 1068 this year comes from Monica Noll, manager of teacher training, Kaplan Test Prep. Noll has worked at Kaplan for nearly 10 years and has helped thousands of aspiring college students in her current role and as a teacher:

“We think there are a few key factors that explain the median SAT score increase. First, the Class of 2017 was the first class to go through the new SAT and understandably had fewer new resources available, less time with the new content, and were making big decisions on when to test. Members of the Class of 2018 had more time and more resources available to prepare. There was an increased level of comfort because of this. Second, unlike members of the Class of 2017, who could either choose to take the old SAT or new SAT, members of the Class of 2018 had no such choice — they could only take the new SAT. This allowed them to singularly focus. Additionally, schools and counselors have become much more knowledgeable about the exam and are better equipped to help their students and answer parents’ questions.

“We think it’s encouraging that SAT scores are on the rise and the increase in test takers implies that more students than ever are considering college, which is important. But we need to be careful about drawing any big conclusions about a possible trend. Keep in mind that this is only the second SAT scores report that includes results from students who only took the new SAT, which was revamped in March 2016. We really need another year or two of data to glean concrete trends.”

To speak with a SAT expert at Kaplan Test Prep, please contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 212.453.7538.

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