SAT changes

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SAT changes
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Wed, 03-05-2014 - 10:37pm

News about some major changes in the SAT exams:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-board-announces-sweeping-changes-to-the-sat/

What do you all think about this?  Do you think standardized tests are valid measures of success in college?  Does anyone think they should be abolished altogether and that the high school GPA is a better indicator of future success?  I have mixed feelings, as my daughter, now very successful in her career, was a poor tester.  Curious to hear what others think.

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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In reply to: calmama54
Mon, 03-10-2014 - 7:55pm
I was listening to a radio talk show that cited a study that found that at Bates College, I believe, they found that there was negligible difference in college performance with kids who submitted ACT/SAT scores vs kids who didn't. I completely agree with you Sabr.
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In reply to: calmama54
Wed, 03-05-2014 - 11:13pm

What they did, was make the SAT more like the ACT.  They dropped the essay portion, they dropped the extra penalty for wrong answers (which penalized you for guessing; you got a better score by leaving a blank), and they replaced grandiose but little used vocabulary with more technical and modern words.  The SAT is used mostly by coastal, private schools, while the WHOLE rest of the country, public and private, uses the ACT.  13 states also use the ACT for their HS standardized testing, so that accounts for part of the popularity.

Standardized tests are not a measure of potential college success, but rather a measure of college readiness.  I do think they have a valid place, because HS GPA's are ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE.  There is no uniformity in, say,  English test questions from one school to another, let alone one STATE to another, nor in what qualifies as a correct answer.  There is no uniformity in point spread per letter grade, or additional points awarded for Honors or AP classes.  There is no uniformity in the quality if classwork that is DEFINED as Honors or AP.  Therefore, colleges and universities need some way valid, standardized way to compare applicants.