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Scores from the first SAT of the 2016-2017 school year dropped online Thursday, sending thousands of high school students to their computers to check their results and then to social media to react to them. Is too much emphasis placed on the SAT?

Scores from the first SAT of the 2016-2017 school year dropped online Thursday, sending thousands of high school students to their computers to check their results and then to social media to react to them. Is too much emphasis placed on the SAT?
  • SAT test is too ambiguous

    SAT tests are not truly standardized. A standardized test in inherently impossible to achieve fairly. By changing the questions every year, it is none standard. A person who got a perfect score one year could fail the next. The only way to fix this would be giving the same questions every year, however then it would not be a fair test, as people could simply memorize the answers.

    Secondly, standardized tests, just like all tests, lack a concrete definition of what they are actually testing for. Are you testing someone's ability to memorize equations and algorithms? Or how about their ability to flip a page back and forth looking for the answers to their reading comprehension questions? Simply put, the tests fail to accurately describe their intentions, and as such, it's literally impossible to say if they succeed or not. If their sole intention is to give people questions, and then grade them on their answers, without deriving any actual meaning from doing so, then it succeeds perfectly.

  • SAT measurements are ambiguous

    SAT tests are not truly standardized. A standardized test in inherently impossible to achieve fairly. By changing the questions every year, it is none standard. A person who got a perfect score one year could fail the next. The only way to fix this would be giving the same questions every year, however then it would not be a fair test, as people could simply memorize the answers.

    Secondly, standardized tests, just like all tests, lack a concrete definition of what they are actually testing for. Are you testing someone's ability to memorize equations and algorithms? Or how about their ability to flip a page back and forth looking for the answers to their reading comprehension questions? Simply put, the tests fail to accurately describe their intentions, and as such, it's literally impossible to say if they succeed or not. If their sole intention is to give people questions, and then grade them on their answers, without deriving any actual meaning from doing so, then it succeeds perfectly.

  • It doesn't necessarily measure merit.

    The problem with the SAT exams are that it is inevitable that more privileged students will achieve the highest grades. This is not because they are more innately intelligent or even because they work as hard but because they have the privilege of good teachers, private tutors and an abundance of help at home. Focusing on the SAT means that mediocre middle class students can be considered of more value than excellent working class ones. There should be more variation in how students are judged.

  • People aren't a number.

    Yes, I think that SAT scores are given too much weight. I understand that it's important to have a way to evaluate students from multiple schools, but you can't describe a student by a number. The SAT just measures how well you can actually take that specific test--not how well you'll do in college.

  • The SAT is important.

    The SAT allows everyone, students, parents, teachers and the admissions committee to understand where a student stands in relation to their peers. Is it indicative of future success? Of course not, the SAT isn't a crystal ball. However, for the purpose of college admissions, it's a useful benchmark and shows how a student performs under pressure.

  • No, Colleges need a universal standard to follow

    The SAT allows colleges to set standards for entry. Since most colleges and universities use this test, it is a great standard to set nationwide. I think releasing the results online and the kids reacting on social media is actually making the laborious test fun. It is not the end all test if they perform poorly. The test can be taken multiple times.


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