Anyone familiar with my frustration with the flaws of the PSAT being used to identify elite students who qualify for large scholarships as National Merit Scholars, and the damaging effects of the College Board high volume AP classes, might be surprised that I would come out in defense of the SAT. But like most things in life, the issue of college entrance exams – part of the bigger standardized testing debate – is not black and white. There are pros and cons to the SAT, as well as the ACT and other standardized tests. There are some very good arguments for keeping the SAT, including one that I haven’t seen discussed – a way in which the SAT and ACT are effective at identifying smart students that might otherwise be overlooked. I’ll use my family’s personal experiences to illustrate this point.
In spite of all their drawbacks, the usefulness of standardized college admission tests was brought to my attention again while listening to a recent KERA Think podcast – What Does The SAT Really Measure? | Think
Arguments against the SAT – con
Arguments for Keeping the SAT – pro
Can the SAT and ACT identify students who should be admitted to a college or university?