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"New SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words"

"New SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words"

Apr 17th, 2014, 01:12 PM
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What I remember from SAT prep courses was a lot of strategy about how to take the test. How to figure out the vocabulary portion without actually knowing the words. Whether or not to guess and how to guess if you do decide to. That kind of thing. Not actually learning any of the vocabulary.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 02:07 PM
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>>How to figure out the vocabulary portion without actually knowing the words. Whether or not to guess and how to guess if you do decide to.<<

Which underlines the limitations of multiple choice questions, and indeed tests of vocabulary in isolation.

>>But the test is supposed to determine not just what knowledge you've acquired or possess innately, but also whether you'll succeed at a future endeavor.<<

It sounds more and more like a very blunt instrument for that.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Grommet there is a certain amount of memorisation that gets you to that pt of being able to problem solve. Disdain <> all u want but certain parts of it must be committed to memory to do well in maths. As in other areas Latin for example, bags of memory work before one can translate with elegance.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 05:42 PM
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SAT tests tell you what a person knows in comparison with their peers within limited areas.

It does;t tell you what they know or what talents they may have in the particular area they decide to major in.

It also doesn't tell you how hard they decide to work while in college.

It does provide some basis for comparison - since standards can vary tremendously between different school districts - and what is an A in some places will be a C in other places. And it also depends on how many AP and honors courses the student is taking - versus a more basic course.

If the university knows you come from a high quality school district they will give more credit grades. If they know you come from a low quality school they will take that into account as well. The problem is there are so man districts that they don;t have a good read on many of them - so the SAT gives a means of comparison.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 06:54 PM
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SAT tests tell you what a person knows in comparison with their peers within limited areas.

Not really.

It does provide some basis for comparison

Not a very good one.

Grommet there is a certain amount of memorisation that gets you to that pt of being able to problem solve.

A certain amount, but not nearly as much as most public school teachers would have you believe.

Disdain <> all u want but certain parts of it must be committed to memory to do well in maths.

I don't disdain arithmetic. I disdain arithmetic as an end unto itself. Being Rainman is a parlor trick and memorizing multiplication tables is a waste of time. My brother is insanely good at arithmetic. Seriously, kind of like Rainman. He is otherwise a moron.

As in other areas Latin for example, bags of memory work before one can translate with elegance.

And translating Latin is a super useful activity. I don't contest that memorization might help with low-value things like re-translating something that has been translated by someone else many, many, many, many times. Memorization also helps me kick ass at Trivial Pursuit. It is of limited value in the useful parts of my life.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 07:51 PM
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I took the original Stanley Kaplan SAT Prep course. When I say original, it was taught by Stanley Kaplan himself in the basement of his Brooklyn home while his wife taught another group in another part of the basement. All materials were mimeographed and as I remember consisted of practice questions, tips, and shortcuts particularly for the math - I found those shortcuts useful and did raise my math score by over 100 points from the first time I took the SAT. That Kaplan guy really did well.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 02:48 AM
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tg tells us,

>As for ira's "concerns", old people simply don't like change.<

Uh, well, y'know, like you goes, like I don't like and I like go like maybe your not, like, right, y'know.

Happier now?

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Apr 18th, 2014, 02:51 AM
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Hi Nan,

>I just heard on a news show that the SAT is not a predictor of success in college. In fact, the only true predictor seems to be the high school GPA. <

or many years there has been a group of "experts" who have claimed that the SAT (or ACT) is not a good predictor of success in college.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:00 AM
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Belay that.

Hi Nan,

>I just heard on a news show that the SAT is not a predictor of success in college. In fact, the only true predictor seems to be the high school GPA. <

or many years there has been a group of "experts" who have claimed that the SAT (or ACT) is not a good predictor of success in college.

They base their argument on the fact that the test can't discern if someone with a 1400 will have a higher GPA upon leaving a college than one with a 1300.

This is true. There is not a one-to-one correlation between test score and final GPA.

However, there is a very strong correlation between having a test score above a certain level and graduating - especially from the more competitive schools.

The SAT is a "go/No Go" gage, not a speedometer.

As far as high-school GPA goes - it most certainly depends upon the high school.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:05 AM
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Hi chum,

Thanks for the post.

It's even better when "italicized" is struck through.

Directions: Match the italicized slanty word or phrase with its meaning.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:09 AM
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> I've long dismissed the importance of memorization in education and prefer an emphasis on analytical skills, problem solving, and math (not arithmetic) skills. Memorization is not thinking.<

IOW:

I'm not a detail person. I'm a concept person. I leave those sorts of things to the scribblers and bean counters.

I never could learn my multiplication tables, but I'm a wiz at misusing complex computer programs.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:17 AM
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Hi Bas,

>If knowledge of obscure words do not serve the purpose of the test, then they should be thrown out and words that do so should be substituted and evaluated for their predictability of college success.<

Are you sure that the desire to reshape the test instrument is solely to improve its predictive value and is not also driven by the desire on the part of some "educators" to make their product look better than it is?

Why is it that all of our State Colleges and Universities have remedial math and English classes?

If the language portion of the SAT is adjusted to give higher grades to some participants they won't have to take remedial English.

They'll be able to flunk out a semester earlier.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:25 AM
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The SAT is a "go/No Go" gage, not a speedometer

And the cutoff is/was so low as to be useless. When I was applying to school, the Penn recruiter said it was 1,000. I would think that once you adjusted for GPA there wouldn't be hardly any 1,000 point scorers left.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:30 AM
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Hi PL,

>I wouldn't call this an "aptitude" test, though, since however you design a vocabulary test, it's testing prior knowledge.<

You are correct. That is why it is now known only as the SAT, not the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

It took the education establishment some years to admit it, though.
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Hey Du,

>Ira, your "answer" of "Wow. Just like in grade school." speaks volumes about your own understanding of the test.<

Enlighten me, please, as to where I have gone wrong.

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Hi NM,

>yet there is an entire industry built around studying FOR this test?

This is not new. After the young Winston Churchill failed the entrance exam for Sandhurst, he was provided with a "crammer".

I think he got in on his third try.

>If it truly is a measure of where a student is educationally, then shouldn't students go in cold?<

Yes, but how do you enforce that?

Wouldn't one expect proper parents to do whatever they can to help their offspring?

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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:35 AM
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How about "left"?

What is a "vocabulary word"?

Might it be a "word"
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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:37 AM
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The cutoff for admission or consideration? I'm guessing it's the latter, and the Penn recruiter was telling you that if you're below 500, your app goes in the waste basket.

But once you reach consideration stage, wouldn't relative scores weigh into which applicants get picked and which don't? I honestly don't know because I've never worked in admissions and it's been a million years since I applied to college.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 03:45 AM
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Hi nyt,

>I really don't see how a 6 week course can really make up for what kids have not learned in 11 years.<

I believe that there is good evidence that it doesn't.
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Hey PL,

>>whether you'll succeed at a future endeavor.<<

It sounds more and more like a very blunt instrument for that.<

It is.

It is good at determining if Johnny or Susie are likely to graduate, not whether they will graduate with a GPA of 3.147.

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Apr 18th, 2014, 05:59 AM
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The cutoff for admission or consideration? I'm guessing it's the latter, and the Penn recruiter was telling you that if you're below 500, your app goes in the waste basket.

What they were saying was that the only thing the SAT told them was that those scoring above 1400 tended to do well and those below 1000 tended to do poorly. In terms of ira's contention that it acts as a go/no-go trigger, that means the trigger would likely be around 1000. But for the majority of the students, they were part of a vast middle where the SAT was no help in differentiation.

I don't see how there was a large pool of students that would have met other criteria for consideration (grades, class rank, essay, recommendations, etc.) and scored below 1000. What is the point of a test that doesn't really give you much useful information? I suspect that is why the SAT has declined in importance and why the SAT folks are adapting in an attempt to save their cash cow.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 06:58 AM
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>>"Peppering your speech or writing with obscure words is not, IMO, something to be terribly proud of."<<

William F. Buckley must be rapidly revolving on an axis in his sepulcher.
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Apr 18th, 2014, 12:58 PM
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If a word is "obscure" or not is often a matter of opinion.

I find that I sometimes use words that I can see not everyone in the room understands. I'm sorry - this is not my problem - it is theirs. It's perfectly possible for someone not to understand one particular word - but when the problem occurs frequently - then I think that person has had a poor education - and really need to somehow step up their comprehension.

And no - I am not picking obscure words - or even close.
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