Argumentative Essay: Why Is The SAT Still Important?

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The college application process is very stressful for all students. A key source of stress is from all the standardized testing taking that is required as an upperclassman. The SAT is a very common test that almost all college students took and then submitted their scores to colleges. There is too much pressure to test high so being accepted into college will be easier, but does it really matter? Is the SAT still important?
The Scholastic Aptitude Test or better known as the SAT has been around since the Roaring Twenties. Although it has been criticized to be a disadvantage towards specific social groups, it has been used to admit more than two thousand students to college each year (Lorts). Ths SAT obviously has some importance in college
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Students who have strong SAT scores will need to submit them if they decide to apply to a more selective college. They want to stand out in any way possible when there are many more applicants that have the similar resumes (Wong). “According to a 2013 article published in Stanford’s alumni journal, more than two-thirds—69 percent—of the college’s applicants in the previous five years with perfect SAT scores didn’t get in.” The SAT can also show that students are willing to study facts and vocabulary that they will likely never use in their everyday lives. This skill can show colleges that the potential student has a strong work ethic and a real desire for success. Also, the SAT can teach students how to eliminate wrong answers. Students will be taking a lot more tests and being able to narrow down answers is a useful skill to learn …show more content…
Thus, the college becomes more selective. Colleges and universities want to be ranked higher than their competitions. In a recent study, the SAT affects only 1.5% of the rank, but if the school averages the SAT scores, the rank become inflated (Inskeep). In a little over a decade, the enrollment in college rose by almost 50% and people began to wonder which colleges were the best. Max Kutner, a journalist for the Boston Magazine, wrote in 2014 that “Suddenly, legacies and tradition— qualities that had taken decades, and sometimes centuries, for schools to cultivate—were less important than cold, hard data”

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