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Preparing for the SAT: A Survey of Programs and Resources SAT

Powers, Donald E.
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ETS Research Report
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College Board, Coaching, College Entrance Examinations, Questionnaires, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Training


To document the extent of special test preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the authors conducted two separate surveys-one of a stratified random sample of 1986-87 SAT takers and the other of a stratified random sample of secondary schools whose students take the SAT. The objectives were to (1) determine the availability, and incidence of use, of a variety of programs and resources designed to prepare students to take the SAT; (2) describe some of the salient features of these resources; (3) estimate the amount of time (and money) that students spend on these resources; and (4) obtain examinees' reactions regarding the effectiveness of these resources. The results of these surveys revealed that nearly half of all secondary schools offer special programs of preparation for the SAT. These programs differ somewhat in their availability according to the geographic region, locale, and degree to which schools also provide various other kinds of courses. (37pp.)

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