I was excited when I heard that the SAT was changing its format... until I previewed it and realized how much harder it potentially will be for students.
But until January 2016, I can continue making fun of the current SAT:
Want a good laugh? Read the back of the “Official SAT TEST book”
The book is great for practice problems and tests, but terrible for preparatory advice.
The book says: “The SAT isn’t designed to trick you.” Lies. The SAT is one of the trickiest tests a high schooler will face. The test makers purposefully place answer choices that they know may lead students astray. That is how they create a wide range of scores. Almost every single question is designed to “trick” you. That is why strategy plays such in important role in SAT test taking.
The book also says, “The SAT tests your skills in the same subjects you’re learning in high school.” Balderdash! What classes are you in right now? History? Biology? Chemistry? Physics? Spanish? None of those are on the test. Wait a second, what about math and english you might ask. Are you in Calculus? Pre-calculus? Statistics? Algebra 2? Once again, not on the test. Expect to be tested on math topics you haven’t studied in years, vocabulary words you’ve never seen before, and strange grammar rules that no one has ever told you about!