The Pros And Cons Of The SAT

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Assessment of our students’ academic progress is essential, but the mindset that high SAT or ACT scores will be a student’s only ticket into college is one that places unnecessary and unwanted stress on the average high school student. Colleges have relied on standardized test scores as a means of determining how college ready a student is and what opportunities and scholarships are available for them. While the SAT and ACT tests are intended to provide a fair assessment for students across the nation, they are simply not an accurate representation of a student’s potential because of the different circumstances which surround a student.
Many colleges have realized that standardized test scores do not equate to the success of a student and
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The president of the College Board, David Coleman, has redesigned the SAT test for the 2016 school year in order to more accurately reflect the Common Core which represents the academic standards of the nation. The new SAT aims to provide more real world examples in its implementation versus the impractical content on it now. Even though some measures have been taken to try and alleviate the flaws of the SAT, it is still a concern because the critical math, reading, and writing skills tested on the current SAT do not reflect what has been taught in America’s classrooms; rather, a specific set of skills only necessary for the test itself. Les Perelman, a former director of writing at M.I.T., probes the legitimacy of the SAT by asking, “When is there a situation in either college or life where you’re asked to write on demand about something you’ve never once thought about?” It is obvious that even reliable officials like Perelman recognize the futilities of standardized testing. In order to succeed in college, educators and admissions officers agree that one must have a studious work ethic, effective time management skills, and diligence. Standardized testing is problematic to our nation because we must teach students how to apply …show more content…
Evidence from multiple sources confirms that income disparity draws a parallel with a student’s SAT scores. Based on information released by the College Board, it has been analyzed that for every $20,000 increase in a family’s income, the average SAT score increased anywhere from 20 up to 100 points. From this, even Coleman recognizes that this is not a test of intelligence, but rather one of accessibility since “unequal test-prep access is a problem.” Wealthier populations are able to access resources like prep books, classes, and private tutors in order to excel greatly on the exam while poorer populations are not able to allocate as much money to the preparing of this exam. A noticeable bias is in the case of African Americans or Latinos, who on average score 120 points less than their Asian and Caucasian counterparts. This can be attributed to the reality that African Americans and Latinos often live in poorer neighborhoods, therefore, having less access to SAT prep material. The SAT cannot be justly considered an accurate indicator of college readiness, intelligence, or anything if truth be told because of the unfairness of the exam and the methods it uses to determine what colleges claim are skills necessary to be prepared for higher

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