The Effects Of Standardized Tests On College Admissions Essay

1886 Words Dec 8th, 2014 8 Pages
It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and most people are still curled up in bed. However, you’re sitting in a classroom with about 20 other students, who are also panicked about the same test you are about to take. The 20 other students in the classroom, however, are all from different economic classes, races, religions, and genders. Despite that, each and every one of you are grouped together to take the same test. The test administrator instructs you to begin, and every student, equipped with a #2 pencil, begins swiftly reading and vigorously filling in bubbles. You’re panicked and sweating because you know the test you are taking is going to determine your future and what colleges you’ll get into. What I just described was any of the standardized tests that high school students are subjected to for the sake of college admissions. The two most prominent tests, the ACT and the SAT, are standardized tests required by practically all colleges. If every high school student is taking the same test, regardless of ethnic background, educational background, family income, or prior experience, you may begin to question the equality of standardized testing at all. Standardized tests are unfair and no indicator of how a student will perform in college, and therefore these tests should be abolished all together. A clear problem of the ACT or the SAT is the advantage that students from higher income families have over their peers from lower income households (“The Admissions…

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