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How to Capitalize on the New SAT

In 2016, the SAT exams will be modified from their present longstanding format. Because of these changes, conventional test preparation will be less valuable to test takers.

Relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they are used in context, will be emphasized, and fewer, if any, obscure vocabulary words will be included.

In addition, the new test is no longer designed to discourage guessing. This move to rights-only scoring will encourage students to give the best answer they can to every problem.

Finally, the writing section of the test will be optional, although some colleges will require it.

Bottom line: Skills will be more valued than test prep “strategies.” This is where Merit Software comes in.

Merit programs provide detailed coverage of the core competencies students require to succeed. Concepts in reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary are covered from the basics to higher levels, providing an ideal base for succeeding on the SAT exams.

SAT scores have long been tied higher incomes.  In an effort to even the playing field The College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy to make test prep free to all students.

However, it is important to have more than one source when honing academic skills. Merit’s effective, efficient, and affordable methods of instruction will be indispensable for preparation for the new SAT.

Merit’s English College Prep Web Suite consists of a group of Merit online learning programs bundled together, selected to improve students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and grammar skills.