Buyer Beware: Khan Academy and SAT Prep
That the College Board partnered with the Khan Academy to offer free SAT resources is a glorious arrangement.
Long the subject of criticism that SAT prep resources were exclusively available to higher income families, the College Board made a strategic move with the relaunch of the new SAT in early 2016 to make many online resources free of charge via Khan Academy. This partnership was intended to even the playing field a bit since reports showed that the SAT favored higher income and more educated families. Now, it seems, that consumers are getting what they paid for. Thanks to one of CROSSWALK’s top tutors, Dan Marks, it has come to our attention that the SAT resources on Khan Academy contain many errors. Dan has uncovered some wonkiness in both reading and math sections on the Khan materials and his findings are echoed by other tutors via online chat threads and discussion forums. There is even some debate as to who is really writing these questions. Personally, I stick to the official study guide book with my students. Purchasing the College Board’s Official Study Guide to the SAT continues to be, in my opinion, the best bang for your buck. $25 for accurate questions, loads of study resources and full-length practice tests is an economical and worthwhile investment. So sad that the mantra, “you get what you pay for” turns out to be true for Khan Academy and SAT prep. I hope that both the College Board and Khan Academy take a deep dive into the online forums, comments and feedback in order to make their resources as useful as the guidebook. If you find yourself in need of support for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT or academic subjects, contact CROSSWALK today. We offer private Skype and face-to-face tutoring as well as group classes and other resources to help you succeed in the classroom and on test day.