Khan Academy, College Board and Turnitin Power Official SAT Practice, Available Free to Everyone
Nearly seven million students took the SAT® or PSAT/NMSQT tests in 2015/16. The scores these tests generate can make or break student’s chances to attend the college of their choice. Practice is critical to improve final scores on these high stakes tests.
Just in time for the upcoming SAT tests in January, Khan Academy, College Board and Turnitin have teamed up to provide students with new writing technology that helps students prepare for the essay writing section of the SAT test.
In addition to evaluating reading, writing and mathematics, the SAT includes an optional essay, which some colleges require for entrance. With the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, students can practice taking that optional essay and immediately receive a score. Two of the six essays are scored by Turnitin Scoring Engine®, which delivers a numerical score in three categories: writing, analysis, and reading. With this, students have a fair estimate of how they would perform on the essay portion of the SAT because the scores are based on official scoring rubrics from the College Board.
Students can also get additional practice in writing the high-rigor essay the SAT evaluates using Turnitin Revision Assistant, which is embedded in the Official SAT Practice. Revision Assistant evaluates writing in real-time and delivers immediate, actionable feedback whenever a student calls for a “Signal Check.” Feedback is marked at the exact point in the essay where a student can make edits, for example, to make better use of evidence, organize their argument better, or use more formal tone and sentence structure.
All these efforts combined give students across the U.S. an equal footing when taking what may be the most important scholarly test of their lives. Using the Khan Academy platform, which on an average day delivers about four million lessons in 36 different languages, the Official SAT Practice may be the most weighted factor bringing equity to the SAT.