Should Colleges Stop Requiring SAT?

Austin Woods April 21, 2014

There are two opinions to this long-asked question. Both sides give their answer in this article. The 'Yes, colleges should stop requiring the SAT' states that their is little to no difference in grades or graduation rates of students who have and have not taken the SAT/ACT. That the biggest determining factor is high school grades. William C. Hiss, author of the 'Yes' column and Dean of Bates College says that preparedness is more accurately measured in four years of work rather than 4 hours of testing.

In the 'No' column Wayne Camara is not all the way against it, he says that a combination of grades and standardized test scores is the best way to determine the educational level of a student. He counters Mr. Hiss' argument by stating that not all high schools have the same level of curriculum which makes it hard to determine which students are truly getting a quality education. That a standardized test gives everyone a fair chance to impress colleges.

Yes, They Should Do Away With SAT

  • "Our studies found no significant differences-in either college GPA or graduation rates-between students who submitted standardized test scores and those who did not."
  • "30 percent of students in our study were submitted without SAT or ACT scores.

No, They Should Keep SAT

  • "The standard for an A at one school might be completely different than at another."
  • "Decades of research show that the combination of grades and standardized test scores is a better predictor of a student's success than grades or scores alone."

How Does This Apply To You?

This applies to almost every students every day life, and may soon start to affect it. With more and more colleges choosing to defer for the normal SAT/ACT scores to high school GPA instead you may be in for a surprise when you go to fill out those college applications.
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