Changes are Coming for the College-Bound Class of 2017 and Beyond, Part I

FAC_BELL_ALISONBy Alison Potter Bell, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Director of College Counseling

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the College Board Forum, a national conference held in Washington, D.C. This gathering of high school and college level educators, counselors and admission counselors was both intriguing and very timely.

There are three significant changes happening, all of which are slated to be in place for our current juniors, the Class of 2017.  All of these changes were created with good intentions but will require some new approaches from high schools and colleges, as well as students and parents.

Each week for the next three weeks, we’ll share a part of these updates on the Holy Trinity blog.

First, the redesigned SAT will launch in March 2016. The PSAT that 9th-11th graders experienced this fall was tied to the redesign and the students will receive their results in December. There are some amazing, free and comprehensive opportunities for students to utilize information about strengths and weaknesses from the 2015 PSAT to prepare for future testing.

The College Board’s partnership with Khan Academy will create the largest-ever bank of preparation tools and questions, all of which students can take advantage of for FREE! The system allows students to create an individualized study plan based on their results, as well as to take full-length practice tests that can be scored by scanning a photo of the scoresheet with an app. The content of the test also has changed (gone are the days of analogies, Latin roots, etc.) and is more closely tied to a college preparatory experience in high school.  The new SAT eliminates the penalty for guessing. Starting with the Class of 2017, colleges expect students to submit results from this ‘new’ version of the test.  New is scary, but the premise of these changes is good.

Our aim is to keep you, the parents and the students, informed, but also to reassure you that the Holy Trinity College Office is informed. We will, of course, continue to monitor these changes as they develop.

Please check our blog in coming weeks for Parts II and III in this series, concerning changes coming to financial aid and the college application process. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the College Counseling Office’s next parent session: “Money Matters:  How to Pay for College” on Jan. 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

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