What´s Standardized Testing Effective?

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Standardized testing such as the SAT and the ACT is a type of test that is meant to determine how well you understand several academic subjects in order to be admitted into college. These types of test include questions in a form of an essay, short answers, multiple choices, or a combination of these together. This practice has been used for so long that it has become a part of the American culture. Every year, high school juniors and seniors take the SAT or the ACT in the hope that they score high enough to get into their dream school. However, there has been a lot of ongoing debates about the use of standardized testing in college admissions and whether or not they are effective in determining a student’s ability to succeed at an institution. …show more content…
I feel like my GPA shows colleges what I’ve done over the course of my high school career. It shows I am dedicated and a hard worker” (Behringer 1).]
[As colleges and universities across the country decide to become test optional, it can be assumed that they agree with Behringer’s statement. In fact on the test-optional policy page for George Washington University, it states, “The best indication of whether a student will be successful at GW is their performance in high school - the grades they earn and the rigor of their coursework” (George Washington University 1).]
[However, I don’t think that excluding the SAT as a part of the college admission process is as effective in determining college success as they do in some way measure college readiness. In other words, eliminating the SAT as a part of the college admission process means one less information known about a student. The article SAT Scores Help Colleges Make Better Decisions confirms this idea, “The great majority of our nation’s colleges and universities accept the SAT as an integral part of the admissions process, and that most that require the submission of the SAT do so because they know they can make better admissions decisions if they have as many data as possible about every student applicant” (Caperton
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From a college’s standpoint the SAT’s are a more reliable way of predicting college success” (Blaze 1). Since the SAT is standardized, which means that all questions are the same in the test, it is important to include it as a part of the college admission process. This can be problematic for test optional schools who primarily focus on GPA. However, for schools that do considered test scores, this might not be a problem as much. They are considering all the possible information they can even though GPA is not standardized across schools and because of that, it can be argued that the SAT is ineffective in determining college

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