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Do you believe standardized test scores are weighed too heavily by colleges?

  • Standardized tests are weighted to much by colleges

    The college you apply for should not just take your test scores and base your eligibility on the results. Some people could be amazing students but terrible test takers. The student that does bad on the Standardized tests should not be able to go to the college of the dreams, get the degree of their dreams. All because the college weighed their test scores to heavily.

  • Too much emphasis

    When colleges use standardized testing scores to admit students, they don't look at the full potential of the student or even what field they want to go into. Specified testing would be smarter and easier for testing abilities in the field. Standardized testing causes only the students who can memorize things well and take tests well to be admitted with a high score.

  • Too much emphasis

    When colleges use standardized testing scores to admit students, they don't look at the full potential of the student or even what field they want to go into. Specified testing would be smarter and easier for testing abilities in the field. Standardized testing causes only the students who can memorize things well and take tests well to be admitted with a high score.

  • Standardized tests most accurately show income status and ability to take tests versus conceptual knowledge and potential.

    A test that gives multiple-choice answers is a "cookie cutter" approach to concepts that the human brain does not conform well to in many people. The ideas and concepts an individual can materialize will not usually match verbatim the choices a standardized test will offer. Moreover, a student's score can vary significantly depending on the day, financial situation (preparation for test, etc), and health the day of the test. A resumé of activities, transcript of grades, and multiple recommendations much more accurately paint a picture of a person than a five-hour Saturday morning test. In addition, many Statisticians agree that the #1 thing these tests measure is the ability to take the standardized test and not college success potential or knowledge. The truth is that these tests have simply become incomplete methods of speeding up application processes and money-makers for the people that supply the tests. There are plenty of 4.0 students with ACT scores in the 20s who out-perform students with ACT scores in the 30s. Many Statisticians agree that standardized test scores and college success only have weak correlation, and no correlation what-so-ever with regards to success in careers and in life.

  • Standardized tests most accurately show income status and ability to take tests versus conceptual knowledge and potential.

    A test that gives multiple-choice answers is a "cookie cutter" approach to concepts that the human brain does not conform well to in many people. The ideas and concepts an individual can materialize will not usually match verbatim the choices a standardized test will offer. Moreover, a student's score can vary significantly depending on the day, financial situation (preparation for test, etc), and health the day of the test. A resumé of activities, transcript of grades, and multiple recommendations much more accurately paint a picture of a person than a five-hour Saturday morning test. In addition, many Statisticians agree that the #1 thing these tests measure is the ability to take the standardized test and not college success potential or knowledge. The truth is that these tests have simply become incomplete methods of speeding up application processes and money-makers for the people that supply the tests. There are plenty of 4.0 students with ACT scores in the 20s who out-perform students with ACT scores in the 30s. Many Statisticians agree that standardized test scores and college success only have weak correlation, and no correlation what-so-ever with regards to success in careers and in life.

  • the system is corrupt

    I say that because if we really cared about learning, we might actually teach people. Going in front of class, talking for an hour or two, having people take notes is not teaching. OK, it is teaching but only to a tiny degree. People need to put into practice what professors just talked about for the last hour or 2. That is the way high school is taught too. The students memorize the material and who ever is the best memorizer gets the top spots in college.

  • Standardization tests are weighed to heavily by colleges

    Standardization tests are weighed to heavily by colleges and it makes it harder for students to enroll in certain classes. Students perform much better and learn better in my opinion if tests were not weighed as heavily as they are. Instead of learning, students are spending a lot of time to pass the tests, thus bypassing the learning method and applying real life skills base on what they learned.

  • Standardized tests provide a solid baseline for colleges to judge candidates.

    Standardized tests are equally administered to all who take it. The test is standardized so it can not be accused of supporting any favoritism toward regions, states, or people. Colleges use this tool since they may have many applicants from these regions. The tests do not consider the schools or books or teachers, but what the students have actually learned. That is why they are weighted so heavily.

  • Standardized Tests Only True Measure of Students

    Standardized tests are one of the only true ways colleges can compare college entrants. The best ACT scores are in the 30s while the worst are in the teens. Although standardized tests aren't the only criteria used to determine college entrants, they aren't weighed too heavily because those tests compare what one student's intellectual ability is compared to others that took the same test.

  • These tests show ability to prepare and assimilate.

    Standardized test scores are not weighed too heavily by colleges. They serve to show how willing students are to answer to the calls of higher education. These tests show how much a student studies, how willing they are, and how dedicated they are. People should rise to the call of education, not require it to come to them.


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