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Content changes to the new SAT

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- [Instructor] Let's see if we can now give ourselves a more tangible understanding of what's on the new SAT and how it may be different than SATs of the past. So right over here, I have a bullet point list, of kind of the major features, the defining features of the new SAT and starting up here are relevant words in context, and there's two important parts to that. Relevant and context. And we're talking about relevant words, these are words that you will actually see when you go to college or you will use in your working life. There's kind of a, people sometimes say something like hey, that's an SAT word, sometimes referring to a word that maybe, it's just a hard word that is not so practical. What's different about the new SAT is that there are going to be relevant words, and not just relevant words in a vacuum, they're going to be in a context, in a situation where you might be editing a passage or reading something, so it's going to matter to understand what those words are and once again, they're not going to be some kind of crazy words that you only memorize for a standardized test. And this is an example of that, I have an example, I have a passage of relevant words in context and this is going to be from the new SAT writing section. And the new SAT writing section, as you see, we're in context here, and this little four with a circle around it, this shows that hey, this part of the passage is referring to question four. And I'll look at this real fast. As Kingman developed as a painter, his works were often compared to paintings by Chinese landscape artists dating back to CE 960, a time when a strong tradition of landscape painting emerged in Chinese art. Kingman, however, and then default right here is vacated from that tradition in a number of ways. Well, vacated, once again isn't a crazy word, it's a word that you will hear in everyday language and college and in work, but it sounds a little bit off. And you look at the choices here. Evacuated, departed, retired, once again, all words that you will see in college and you will see in life, at least for this one, and my job here isn't to answer the SAT questions, but this feels like he departed from the tradition, so I would have gone with that. But anyway, this isn't about doing the questions, but more seeing how these questions, what they actually look like. These aren't crazy words that you would only just memorize for a test, these are useful words to know in life and once again we have a context of when we would use it. We would use it maybe to edit a passage like this. So the other major themes of the new SAT, command of evidence. Command of evidence. So we're going to see in the writing, reading and math sections, to be able to look at either, it could be data, and this could even be in the reading section, hey, what kind of data can help us make different types of conclusions or, even thinking about how we might rewrite something based on the data that's relevant and this is an example of it right over here. Once again, I'm not going to go into this question, there's other videos we have, where we do example problems, but this is interesting, you're seeing kind of data evidence and this isn't in the math section. So this is another example of something you might see, or you will see on the new SAT and the reason why that's important is because you will see this throughout life. It's not like reading or writing is somehow separated from data. All of these things happen together in the real world. And it might not just be data evidence, it could be looking at evidence in an author's argument, so it could be written evidence of some sort as well. The essay, the optional essay on the new SAT is going to be about analyzing a source. So, looking at what's happening, and analyzing where kind of the the conclusions are coming from and we can go to more depth in future videos on that. Now, the math portion, this is a big deal that the new SAT, classically the SAT had been associated with hey, maybe it's a little bit tricky or things like that, but the new SAT really is focused on the things that you actually learn in school, so learn, learn in school and it's even a subset of that. It's kind of the most important subset, especially for being college and life ready. So the sections, or the types of problems you'll see are the heart of algebra, and this is really the core of algebra that really matters. Then you're going to see the passport to advanced math and these are the skills that allow you to get ready, to have the knowledge to get higher level math that you will take in college, things, sometimes, so you're ready to take those Pre Calculus, Calculus, Statistics courses that you might see in college. And then there's problem solving and data analysis. Once again, these are real world types of data analysis things, things that you will see throughout college and in your whole, your entire life. So it's focused on things you learn in school and things that are going to matter in college and life. Now, another big theme, and this is across all the sections is real world context. These aren't just tricky problems in some type of a vacuum, these are going to be things that you're going to be seeing. I know that I keep repeating that, but you and you see that theme, that they're not just kind of brain teaser type things. These are things that you will see as you go through your college career. Analysis in science and social studies. So even though the sections are formally reading and math and writing, they're going to use those sections in order to touch on important topics in science and social studies. So you're definitely going to see a broader coverage of different types of domains in the new SAT. And this is one that I found really interesting, this notion of founding documents and great global conversation as being part of the SAT. So it's a really, I would say good incentive to get familiar with things like, to get familiar with things like the Gandhi's Quit India speech or the Declaration of Independence or The Federalist Papers. You're going to see this type of thing in the new SAT in a reading passage or to kind of judge, make some judgment about some things. And then, the last bullet point here, this is just kind of a high level point, and this emphasizes that this new SAT really is about what do you know not having to think about hey do I guess, do I not guess, is that there's no penalty for wrong answers. In the past there was a penalty for wrong answers, but now there's no penalty. So if you feel like you have a sense of something, or really if you don't, you should at least try to answer every question that you get to. You shouldn't get into the whole gamesmanship of okay, should I do it or should I not? So, hopefully this gives you a sense of things. I have some other questions here that maybe make things a little bit more, a little bit more tangible. This one right over here, this is kind of the, this would be a passport to advanced math right over here. You have a non linear system, but this is really useful, this is something that you will see in school, especially when you get to college. And then they have data analysis questions like this which is very valuable as you, once again go to college and really, almost any field you go into you're going to have to do data analysis or things like this. So hopefully this gives you a, an overview, and encourages you to dive in and the best way, always, to prepare for this is use the Khan Academy tools. Take the practice test, review the questions that you get really wrong, or that you're not sure about, and then, do as much deliberate practice as you need and the system will personalize to your needs, so that you get, hopefully the best use of your time. Have fun.