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Is a student's score on his or her college admittance exams (SAT and ACT) a good predictor of his or her collegiate and post-collegiate success?

Is a student's score on his or her college admittance exams (SAT and ACT) a good predictor of his or her collegiate and post-collegiate success?
  • Standardized tests measure how hard someone works, and hard work pays off in the real world.

    The SAT and ACT are not aptitude tests but, instead, they are knowledge tests. To a large degree, students can simply study for the tests and do correspondingly better. Therefore, instead of measuring aptitude, the tests measure how hard a student works. In college, and afterwards, how hard someone works will be very important to how successful they will be. While intelligence certainly factors in, the ability and desire to work hard, as applied to the SAT and ACT, will translate into real-world success.

    Posted by: A Bass
  • Yes, it is an indicator of initial collegiate success, but not necessarily reflective of overall collegiate success or post-collegiate success.

    The SAT is only good at one thing. It is able to accurately predict the success of a student within the first 2 semesters of his college career. However, beyond that, not much can be proven using an SAT score. There are, of course, outliers but ultimately, success at the college level depends on the college being attended and the individuals drive to achieve. Therefore, a numerical value cannot truly be attached to individuals and compared as it is only relative and does not necessarily mean that two people with identical values are going to have similar overall success. But, it should be born in mind that the SAT is in fact accurate at predicting initial college success.

  • No, because a person's determination to succeed is the final factor.

    The SATs and the ACTs might be placement exams, but I do not feel that they should be used as a factor in how students will succeed. A student's will to succeed should factor in as the final predictor to succeed. Just because a person might not score the best on an entrance exam, this may not factor in on how well they succeed in college. It's all about the determination to finish and succeed.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • It may not be the best indicator, but studies have shown that college entrance exams do tend to predict success in college and after.

    The reason colleges use the scores from the SAT and ACT is that it is a fairly reliable indicator of success in college. Colleges would like to keep students who are able and willing to complete their degrees and higher ACT and SAT scores tend to correlate with success in college. In the same respect, success in college usually is followed by success after college. None of this is true for every individual case but when taken in general, trends can be seen.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • TIme Constraints do Not Apply to College

    Yes, one may argue that the time contrainsts are to test a student under pressure, but what kind of test in college will put that great deal of pressure on students. The ACT and SAT highly determine what schools one can and can't get into. A huge part of this is financially. Many colleges offer huge scholarships for students who reach a certain point on their ACT or SAT, making it possible for one student to get into a college and the other not to. Both students may be equally smart, one student could just be a better test-taker, or he or she could afford the extra tutoring to help them get that advanced score.

  • SAT and ACT

    SAT and ACT only score math and English skills, and even the skills tested have no relevance to the real world (analogies, for example.) There are a lot of things that go into a good student, and the biggest items, motivation and time-management, are skills that are not graded by any test. Also, studies have shown that a student's future success and their test scores have no correlation.

  • SAT and ACT

    SAT and ACT only score math and English skills, and even the skills tested have no relevance to the real world (analogies, for example.) There are a lot of things that go into a good student, and the biggest items, motivation and time-management, are skills that are not graded by any test. Also, studies have shown that a student's future success and their test scores have no correlation.

  • SAT and ACT scores are not a clear indicator of a student's future success.

    SAT and ACT only score math and English skills, and even the skills tested have no relevance to the real world (analogies, for example.) There are a lot of things that go into a good student, and the biggest items, motivation and time-management, are skills that are not graded by any test. Also, studies have shown that a student's future success and their test scores have no correlation.

    Posted by: PluckyCristobal97
  • The content in tests like the SAT is not reflective of all students' choices in higher education and forces students to study higher subjects that they may never use.

    Some students simply do not test well, but are still quite intelligent. Also, the content on these tests are typically high level math, something many students many never use depending on their chosen career. It's not practical to have students learn complex math just to pass a test and never use it again. What lawyer needs to know calculus?

    Posted by: TellingWalker59
  • The ACT and SAT are not good academic indicators; in fact, many colleges no longer require these tests for admission.

    The ACT and the SAT measure general knowledge, logic, general mathematics and language aptitude. They do not, however, measure a student's study habits and work ethic. Much of success in college and later in the work force is dependent on work and study ethics. Many colleges, notably some liberal arts school in New England, have come to see that that these tests are not a good measure of success and have stopped requiring them for admission. A student's high school performance is a much better predictor of later success. A good college student is likely a student who consistently took challenging courses in high school and performed well.

    Posted by: MeatyClarence70
  • Because people test different than they perform, standardized tests are not good measures.

    Many people are able to pass a test with flying colors but when they have to actually use the information tested on, fail miserably. Standardized tests are not a good way to predict college success. Someone who is book smart may get great SAT scores but may find that they perform miserably in college when faced with responsibility, schedules, prioritizing and social stress. College consists of many more factors than tests.

    Posted by: TedieDelight
  • No, because anyone can learn to take a test, but that doesn't prepare them for real work.

    Taking a test will hardly ever prove someone's ability to succeed in school and work. In fact, knowing the make up of a test makes it much easier to succeed at the test, rather than at any type of real school work or career work. In a test, there are generally very well-defined parameters within which you must work. These parameters rarely exist in regular school work and in the general labor force. This means that succeeding on the test is a much simpler, more definable task, than succeeding at anything beyond the test. This proves that the test is in no way a reliable predictor of future success.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • A student's score on his or her college admittance exams is not a good predictor of his or her collegiate and post-collegiate success because work done in college has an effect too.

    I would like to mention that while a student can score well in his or her collegiate admittance exam, that doesn't guarantee his or her success in collegiate and post-collegiate exams, because that will certainly depend on his or her efforts and hard work done throughout the year, in that curriculum. I believe that to be a true winner a person has to perform consistently; it just can't be decided in a single shot.

    Posted by: MaIacIun4tic
  • I do not believe a students score on his/her college admittance exams is a good predictor of his collegiate and post-collegiate successes tests do not test for common sense, rather just book smarts.

    There are a lot of people who are just bad test takers. Whether it be anxiety, or stress. All of these things effect test taking. Just because a score isn't as high, doesn't mean that it will effect his education at all.

    Posted by: LorenaH

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