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自分が読んで興味深く感じた英文記事を中心に取り上げる予定です

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釣りタイトルすみません。アメリカの大学進学適性試験SATが来月からリニューアルするそうでこれまでより読ませる方向に行くのではないかというのです。3番目のパラグラフにIt has also led to a general sense that the new test is uncharted territoryとありますが、TOEICの形式変更にも同じように感じる人もいるかもしれません。リーディングに負荷がかかると英語が母国語ではない移民に負担がかかるという反応はアメリカらしいと思いました。

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLISFEB. 8, 2016

BOSTON — For thousands of college hopefuls, the stressful college admissions season is about to become even more fraught. The College Board, which makes the SAT, is rolling out a new test — its biggest redesign in a decade, and one of the most substantial ever.

Chief among the changes, experts say: longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.

It has also led to a general sense that the new test is uncharted territory, leaving many students wondering whether they should take the SAT or its rival, the ACT. College admissions officers say they are waiting to see how the scores turn out before deciding how to weight the new test.


テスト作成団体は難易度に変わりはないとしているそうですが、評者は白鯨などの文学作品や17世紀のジョンロックの思想など文章そのものが難しくなっていると指摘しているそうです。TOEICに関しても協会の発表と実際との乖離があるかもしれませんね。

The College Board said that the number of words in the reading section had remained the same — about 3,250 on the new test, and 3,300 on the old one — and that the percentage of word problems in the math sections of the old and the new test was roughly the same, about 30 percent.

“We are very mindful of the verbal load on this test,” Cyndie Schmeiser, the chief of assessment at the College Board, said. “We are keeping it down. I think kids are going to find it comfortable and familiar. Everything about the test is publicly available. There are no mysteries.”

But outside analysts say the way the words are presented makes a difference. For instance, short sentence-completion questions, which tested logic and vocabulary, have been eliminated in favor of longer reading passages, from literary sources like “Ethan Frome” and “Moby-Dick,” or political ones, like John Locke’s ideas about consent of the governed. These contain sophisticated words and thoughts in sometimes ornate diction.


Ethan Fromeという作品は知りませんでしたが映画化もされているのですね。



TOEICも受けない人からもいろいろ言われるように、SATも多くの反応があるようです。

Readers Respond to Redesigned, and Wordier, SAT
By NANCY WARTIKFEB. 11, 2016

Is it unfair to some students that the redesigned SAT, being rolled out next month, will include longer and harder reading passages and wordier math problems than before? Anemona Hartocollis’s article on the topic drew more than 900 responses from readers.

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