MEK SAT experts developed our first full-length Redesigned SAT simulation test in time for the January 2016 Test Event. Instructors used the October 2015 official PSAT as a guideline for the structure of the new simulation, which became one of the earliest available resources for students to practice College Board’s 2016 Redesigned SAT. We continue to use this simulation test as our diagnostic tool for:
- Student Skill Assessment: every student has a starting point
- Exam Prep Course Placement: finding which course is right for each student
Our 2017 Analysis
In 2017, 362 students took the diagnostic simulation test. We have used their performance data to:
- Evaluate the overall effectiveness of our courses
- Find out which categories, question types, and topics to focus on in class
We have divided all 362 test takers into 3 groups based on their scores (out of 1600):
Group A: 1300+ (83 students)
Group B: 1100-1290 (193 students)
Group C: Below 1100 (86 students)
Student performance across Info and Idea, Rhetoric, and Synthesis was quite even within each respective group.
- Group A: 73.0% to 77.4% range in all 3 categories
- Group B: 55.3% to 62.1% range in all 3 categories
- Group C: 37.2% to 45.3% range in all 3 categories
Rhetoric Category: Groups B and C experienced score dips, while Group A did not. Rhetoric requires stronger overall reading skills and abilities directly connected to the other 2 categories.
Overall Takeaway for Program Improvement: Students who exercise their skills in Info and Idea and Synthesis categories will also experience improvement in Rhetoric. All question types in Reading must be practiced together to significantly elevate scores!
Student performance across Expression of Ideas sub-categories was quite even within each respective group.
- Group A: 70.1% to 72.5% in all 3 sub-categories
- Group B: 59.0% to 66.0% in all 3 sub-categories
- Group C: 42.1% to 49.5% in all 3 sub-categories
Expression of Ideas Category: Students in all groups earned scores about 20% lower than in Standard English Conventions.
Pronouns and Punctuation Sub-Categories: Students in all groups experienced a significant score dip.
Overall Takeaway for Program Improvement: A and B Group Classes are putting an increased emphasis on questions and foundational skills in Development, Organization, Effective Language Use, Pronouns, and Punctuation.
Most students in Group C had little to no Algebra II experience, critically hurting their Passport to Advanced Math and Additional Topics in Mathematics scores. Students with lower Math section scores exhibited weak algebra foundations.
Overall Takeaway for Program Improvement: Because Groups B and C struggle with algebra material on the SAT, we have extended the number of SAT B Group Class sessions. B Class students must learn the foundational math concepts in order to boost their scores. Practice alone is not enough, so now students will have more time to improve their understanding of SAT algebra.