While a clear improvement, the new and revised SAT remains problematic. It will still emphasize speed — quick recall and time management — over subject knowledge. Despite evidence that writing is the single most important skill for success in college, the essay will be optional. The biggest problem is that, while the content will be new, the underlying design will not change.
Other factors count — including, of course, a student’s ACT and SAT scores — but the body of work that a student has developed in high school is what matters most when college admissions counselors begin looking at a student’s admissions packet.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released new information Tuesday showing how well North Carolina high school students performed on the SAT college admission test in 2014.
In the 18 westernmost counties of the state, overall results showed that students in the Asheville and Watauga County school systems achieved the highest SAT scores among the region’s 20 school systems.