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Effects of "Taking the SAT" on Rate of Work and Guessing SAT TSWE

Powers, Donald E.
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RR-81-01, RDR-80-81, No. 04
ETS Research Report
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College Board, Step by Step with Taking the SAT 1: Reasoning Test, Guessing Tests, Instructional Materials, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Test Taking Behavior, Test Wiseness


The College Board recently published Taking the SAT, a booklet designed to improve candidates' familiarity with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Test of Standard Written English (TSWE). This note examines the extent to which receiving the new booklet altered (a) candidates' strategies with regard to responding in the face of uncertainty and (b) the rate at which examinees proceeded through the test. It is suggested that specific instructions found in the booklet are related to changes in examinees' test taking behaviors in both of these areas. (8pp.)

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