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Kaplan Survey: Most SAT Takers Want Test Sections on Different Days

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Kaplan Survey: Most SAT Takers Want Test Sections on Different Days

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NEW YORK

With college counselors petitioning that students be given the option of taking the three sections of the three-hour, 45-minute long SAT separately, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions asked 525 of its SAT students for their opinion on the proposal. Nearly two-thirds of the students--65 percent--said that, given the option, they would have preferred to take the different sections of the test on different days.

While the survey suggests majority opinion favors spreading the SAT over multiple days, that majority is divided about the best remedy--taking the exam in two days or three. However, given the multi-day option to take the test, 67 percent of SAT takers surveyed agreed that regardless of the number of days, they would want the break time between all test sittings to be less than a week. Just 5 percent said they'd want the break to be a month or more.

"Students care about the SAT and invest a great deal of effort into preparing for and taking it," says Jon Zeitlin, general manager for SAT and ACT programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. "They want to be able to give the same level of focus and concentration at the end of the test as they were able to give at the beginning. …

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