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Monday, May 30, 2005

The new SAT

An interesting column by Mark Franek concerning the writing section of the new SAT includes the following observation:
The writing section is entirely new — 70 percent of it is composed of pesky multiple-choice grammatical questions (where students aren’t writing anything — they’re blacking in ovals), while the final 30 percent is reserved for a persuasive essay that our teenagers are supposed to draft and complete in 25 minutes...

The idea that during the writing of this blitzkrieg essay... “you should take care to develop your point of view, present your ideas logically and clearly, and use language precisely" in under half an hour and under extreme pressure is ridiculous.

The inside quotation comes verbatim from the official SAT prep book.

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