When applying for colleges, besides your GPA score the next thing most colleges look for is SAT score. The SAT scores can counteract your GPA because if your GPA is high but your SAT scores aren't and that will deny most kids from getting into college. I believe that isn't fair because if a student proved that they can handle things at a high school level then bad SAT's scores shouldn't deny a student a student from getting accepted into a college. The SAT scores have to much of a weight carried on them. From a personal stand point, I think that SAT's should carry less weight so that students have a better chance a getting into college. Some may argue that there is a community colleges but that not be the path that some students want to take. If a college feels that a student isn't capable of being fully accepted at first, they can choose to put them on academic probation and that will also help the student ease there way into college.
The SAT's have been around since 1962, and has been changed multiple times to meet today's standards of learning and curriculum. But, lets face it, old traditions die hard. As we advance forward in society, whether it be the recent storm of technology, or legalizing gay marriage, we are becoming a more complicated and open minded world. So why aren't we pushing for changes in our schools? Having a simple test be so important to our future seems far too outdated. Lets be realistic, how many times have you waited till the last minute to study for a test, cramming all of that sections notes and chapters into your head in a night? Chances are, we have all done it at least once. But how many times have you actually retained all of that information? Even if the test you took was studied in a way that would guarantee an excellent grade, just how long will you remember all that? Soon you'll have a new test to take, other classes to think about, and the information gathered from said test will soon wither away to be replaced by more important and more needed info. This si the SAT's biggest problem. A student can study for months, years even, but when all is said and done, The information gathered will all be replaced. Once in college, the student will really need to start making room for all of the new information, and suddenly the months of studying is gone. They might retain a few facts here and there, but for the most part, a majority of what was learned is gone, replaced by new knowledge. Lets face it, the SAT is just a contest to see how much one person can hold without breaking. In reality, anyone can pass it as long as they study, but its a matter of actually reaching out, and getting students who really know something. Who really strive to be something more.