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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Khan Academy Disrupts SAT Test Prep Industry

From Smart Kids with LD

March 26, 2014

In the flood of news about all the changes to the SAT, one important story you may have missed is that preparing for the college entrance exam will now be free to anyone who can get online.

The College Board, which administers the SAT, has partnered with the Khan Academy to provide free SAT test preparation.

The Khan Academy is a highly regarded nonprofit website that offers free online educational courses.

For years, many parents and educators have bemoaned the inequity of costly SAT test prep courses. The entire industry of test preparation courses has thrived on families that would pay for SAT tutoring, in hopes that their child’s scores would improve, giving an edge in the high-stakes college admissions game to the “haves” over the “have-nots.”

This move from the College Board goes a long way toward leveling the playing field. The Khan Academy will offer high-quality online instruction, including custom practice problems, videos, and tailored feedback—all free to users.

According to an article in Education Week, College Board President David Coleman said,

“We 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. It’s time to shake things up.”

The Education Week article went on to explain what the Khan Academy will offer:

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, set to debut in 2016, 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 preparation for the SAT and provide customized feedback.

Given the “interactivity, quality, and richness” of the forthcoming materials, founder Sal Khan told reporters, “I can’t imagine anyone who’s going to take the SAT not wanting to log in, set up an account, and get that very personalized feedback through the exercises, and do the deep practice on our site.”


  1. I think, this is bit unfair. They should not have partnered with an academy that is helping students with their SAT Prep.