It's not just the SAT itself that's changing.
Soon, students will be able to prepare for the high-stakes college-entrance exam by going on an online "SAT quest," complete with custom practice problems, instructional videos, and tailored feedback offered by the popular nonprofit learning website Khan Academy.
Officials from both Khan Academy and the College Board, which administers the SAT, billed the new partnership as an opportunity to level the highly competitive—and often expensive—playing field of SAT test-preparation.
"The College Board cannot stand by while some test-prep providers intimidate parents at all levels of income into the belief that the only way to secure their child's success is to pay for costly test preparation and coaching," College Board President David Coleman said in prepared remarks delivered March 5 here, where the South by Southwest education conference took place last week. "It's time to shake things up."
Beginning immediately, students and other users will be able to access hundreds of previously unreleased questions from past SAT exams, as well as videos with step-by-step solutions, on the Khan Academy website.
To help students prepare for the new exam, Khan Academy next spring will release materials and tools bearing the College Board brand, including adaptive and game-based online instructional offerings that can gauge where individual students are in their preparations for the SAT, and provide customized feedback.
Khan Academy founder Sal Khan told reporters that the forthcoming materials would offer "interactivity, quality, and richness," with students getting "very personalized feedback through the exercise."