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htennis
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nittybeat88
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The SAT should not be used by colleges to decide acceptance.

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Started: 12/6/2012 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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htennis

Pro

First round is for acceptance and definitions, if any.

No new arguments in Rounds 4 and 5.

Both sides have burden of proof.

Def. SAT: the test created in the 1920s that is now used for colleges to decide acceptance
nittybeat88

Con

Greetings,

First off, thank you to my opponent for starting this debate.

Just for clarification:
You are saying that colleges should not look soley on SAT scores alone or as deciding factors in general on acceptence?
Debate Round No. 1
htennis

Pro

Thank you for accepting. I'm arguing that colleges should not use the SAT at all to factor in their decisions. Currently, colleges look to the SAT second, behind personal essays. Also, please use the SAT and ACT synonymously in this debate.

Argument 1: The SAT is not fair.
Harvard did a study which found that they used language that would known to white test-takers, rather than non-white test takers (1). CON may say that this is due to their economic difference, but the fact is that birth is a lottery. No one gets to choose where they are born, so it is unfair for one racial group or economic group to have an advantage over another.

Argument 2: The SAT doesn't measure a student's actual intelligence level.
Many good test takers may do well on the SAT, despite the fact that they might not be that intelligent. On the other hand, neither schools nor the SAT has a category for spatial thinking (2). Thus, we are automatically eliminating people who think spatially from getting into a good college and succeeding.

(1): http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
(2): http://articles.businessinsider.com...

Thank you.
nittybeat88

Con

nittybeat88 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
htennis

Pro

Since my opponent forfeited this round, extend all of my arguments.

Thank you.
nittybeat88

Con

nittybeat88 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
htennis

Pro

Again, extend my arguments.
nittybeat88

Con

nittybeat88 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
htennis

Pro

This was disappointing. Vote PRO.
nittybeat88

Con

nittybeat88 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Ike-Jin-Park 4 years ago
Ike-Jin-Park
looks like an interesting debate but the topic looks very vague
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