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With so few tests of the new format having been administered, it’s still a bit of an open issue whether the released practice materials do a good job simulating the test’s difficulty and content or not. Therefore, if you took the June SAT today, I’d love it if you’d fill out this quick survey. (Curious how the last few of these surveys came out? See March here and May here.)

This survey is now closed, but you can view its results below.

 

I’m back with another Proving Grounds quiz. These quizzes are available to everyone for one week, and then they’re only available to Math Guide owners. Want to join the swelling ranks of the PWN Army of Math Guide owners? You can buy the guide directly from me through the PWN store, or grab it on…

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Big day today in SAT land—March SAT scores are finally out for most test-takers, and the College Board has released a score conversion app that allows users to compare old SAT scores to new SAT scores. I messed around with the converter a bit tonight. Interestingly, new SAT scores seem to be higher than old SAT scores. For example, 600 Verbal 600 Math on the new SAT would be only 550 Reading 580 Math 530 Writing on the old SAT. Likewise, 700s on the new SAT would be 660R 670M 650W on the old SAT, and 500s on the new SAT would be 460R 460M 430W on the old SAT.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I found these results surprising. That said, I’m just plugging in round values to get a rough sense of what’s going on. I’m curious what those of you who took the old SAT and also have scores from the March (new) SAT are seeing. Are the concordance tables accurate?

(I’ve discovered since the first version of this post, wherein I complained that College Board didn’t just release tables, that they actually did also release tables. My bad! You can find those here if, like me, you’d rather get a view of the whole field at once.)

If you took the May SAT today, why not fill out this quick survey as an informal way to assess how hard it was compared to the released practice tests?

Results:

As I did for the last iteration of the SAT, I’ve been collecting the explanations I write on my Q&A sites for Official Test questions in a Google Spreadsheet for easy reference. The new test is still new, so I haven’t been asked MOST of the questions yet, but I figure it’s time to get this page out into the world. If you’re working through the official SAT practice tests and you have a sneaking suspicion that the official explanation is unnecessarily complicated, well, then here’s a way to get a second opinion.

PS: Download the Official Tests here.

Last week was a no-calculator installment of the Proving Grounds—this week it’s all grid-ins! Remember, if you want to access previous Proving Grounds quizzes, or if you want to be able to access this and future ones after they’ve been up for a week, all you have to do is be a Math Guide owner. You…

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Another Proving Grounds quiz coming your way. This one you should do without your calculator. Remember, Proving Grounds quizzes are available to everyone for one week, and then only available to Math Guide owners. Not a Math Guide owner yet? Got $20? :)…

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Time for another Proving Grounds installment, folks. Remember, these quizzes are available for one week for everybody, and then they’re for Math Guide owners only. “How can I get to be a Math Guide owner?” you ask?! Well, either you buy one right from me, or you forward me your receipt from some place like…

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Here’s the second installment of the Proving Grounds quizzes, which are available for everyone to try for one week before they become exclusive to Math Guide owners. A little parabola-heavy this week, but then again, who doesn’t love parabolas? Good luck! Mechanical Calculators image By Ezrdr (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons…

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Below is the first in a series of tough quizzes for the new SAT that will be available to everyone for a week, and then only available to Math Guide owners. If you want access to all these quizzes long term, well, you might want to grab a Math Guide. They’re on sale now, and…

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I never did a post for this survey at the time—just promoted it on social media. However, for posterity, here’s what we learned about the March SAT—the first of the new format—when it happened.

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PWNtheSATMathGuide9_pdfAt long last, the fourth edition of the Math Guide is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Google Play, and this site (although I’m struggling a bit to keep inventory in stock on this site, so please be patient if you buy directly from me). It will eventually be available at other online locations (e.g., B&N) too.

A lot of other folks rushed to publish books for the new SAT to take advantage of the uncertainty and panic that a new test brings. I didn’t do that. I really took my time on this one to try to get it right. Once you have a look at it, I hope you agree that I did a good job.

 

The digital version of the 4th edition of the Math Guide is available now from the Google Play store in every country where Google Play sells books. I will have an announcement about the paperback version soon.

(One thing that’s not done on the Google Play book is the cover. I’m working with someone to update the cover from the old design I’ve used for the last two editions. A cover is so unimportant for a digital book, though, that I didn’t want to delay the release just for that reason.)

If you took the January 2016 SAT, and want to help inform the argument about how lenient or punishing the scoring table might be with some data, answer this simple poll.

Relative to other tests you’ve taken (real and/or practice), how hard did you find the January 2016 SAT?

This survey is over, but you can view its results by clicking here.

View results to past such polls here: December, November, October.

 

If you live on the East Coast, then chances are pretty good that your January 23rd SAT just recently became your February 20th SAT. That’s a bummer, no? Then again, maybe you’re happy—you’ve just been given a whole extra month to study. My suggestion: take advantage.

I was planning on taking my Math Guide and Essay Guide out of print today, but now that they’re relevant for a small group of you for another month, I’ve just slashed their prices instead. If you don’t have my books, yet, and you’ve just found out you have more time than you thought to get ready, I invite you to grab them at your favorite online retailer at a deep discount. Here they are at Amazon—my favorite online retailer.