Huntington Learning Center Shares Latest SAT Happenings

When it comes to the SAT college entrance exam, the last several years have been largely focused on the College Board’s redesign of the test, but Huntington Learning Center is up on the latest news and information. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents of the importance of staying up to date. “Last year brought a great deal of change to the SAT, but the College Board is still adjusting processes and other aspects of the SAT,” she says. Huntington shares the latest SAT happenings that may impact your college-bound student:

  • Students can now take the SAT in late August. For the first time since the mid-1970s, the College Board is offering an August exam date, based on feedback from students, K-12 and higher education professionals, and test center staff. This date provides students about to begin their senior year with earlier opportunities to take the exam before submitting college applications. Other benefits of an August SAT date:
    • It will be it easier for students to dedicate themselves to an SAT prep program over summer break since school is not in session.
    • A summer date should help minimize problems caused by issues such as delays in score reporting and weather-related test cancellations in late winter.
    • Students heading into senior year will have two opportunities instead of one to take the SAT (August and October) before early admission application deadlines, which are usually in early November.
  • The January exam date has been eliminated. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the January SAT date will no longer be offered. This means that the SAT continues to be offered seven times per year: in August, October, November, December, March, May and June.
  • The process for requesting test accommodations is much simpler. In December 2016, the College Board announced a much simpler request process for testing accommodations for students currently using them at their schools through Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans.
  • Testing supports are available for English language learners (ELL), effective January 1, 2017. ELL students taking a state-funded SAT during the school day will now have access to testing instructions in several native languages and approved bilingual glossaries. The College Board’s overall goal is to level the playing field for all students.

Following the redesign of the SAT, the number of students taking the new exam in 2016 jumped to 1.36 million (compared to 1.18 million in 2015). This indicates a show of support among students and parents alike, says Huntington. “The College Board has greatly increased its efforts to make the SAT and all of its exams reflect what students are learning in class.” she says. “Huntington is apprised of the latest changes and incorporates any and all adjustments into our prep programs.” For more information about Huntington’s individualized SAT prep programs, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

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