College-prep exam tailored to 8th-graders to roll out in 2010

08/8/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

By 2010, the College Board will roll out a voluntary eighth-grade college-prep assessment exam, saying it is responding to younger students who want to take the PSAT, which is designed for 10th- and 11th-graders to also take on a voluntary basis as practice for the SAT. "By the time they [8th-graders] are taking the PSAT, it's much too late to determine whether they should be taking algebra in the eighth grade, biology, and other important gatekeeper classes needed for college," said Wayne Camara, the College Board's VP for research and analysis. "This test will help schools identify students who have some talent and could likely succeed if they take honors or AP courses, but have not been recognized."

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