ERIC Number: ED562813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Preparing for the SAT® I: Reasoning Test--An Update. College Board Report No. 98-5
Powers, Donald E.
College Entrance Examination Board
To document the extent of special test preparation for the SAT I: Reasoning Test, a stratified random sample of some 6,700 students who registered to take the SAT in 1995-96 was surveyed. A smaller companion survey sought information about special preparation programs from a stratified random sample of secondary schools whose students take the SAT. The objectives were to: determine the availability, and incidence of use, of a variety of programs and resources designed to prepare students to take the SAT; describe some of the salient features of these resources; and estimate the amount of time (and money) that students spend on preparing for the test. Though the surveys differed slightly from similar surveys conducted in 1986-87, they were designed generally to enable comparison with the results of the earlier surveys. The student survey found that prospective SAT takers participate, to varying degrees, in a variety of preparation activities, and on average, students spend approximately 11 hours preparing for the SAT. The results of the school survey revealed that a slight majority (52 percent) of all secondary schools now offer programs to prepare students for the SAT, about the same proportion (49 percent) as in 1986-87. Two appendices are included: (1) Student Questionnaire; and (2) School Questionnaire.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Preparation, Use Studies, Incidence, Cognitive Tests, Educational Resources, Program Descriptions, Program Costs, Time Factors (Learning), Student Surveys, Secondary School Students, School Surveys, Student Participation, Questionnaires, Program Effectiveness, Test Coaching
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)