Posted by: abaybay123 | October 22, 2007

SATs Unnecessary and Biased

I just read a pretty interesting post on the College Confidentials blog site that correlates to my exploratory paper topic. i found this portion of the post to be most intriguing:

The Test Is a Common Yardstick
After years of describing the SAT as a “common yardstick,” the test-makers have now flip-flopped, claiming “it is a myth that a test will provide a unitary, unequivocal yardstick for ranking on merit.” The SAT has always favored students who can afford coaching over those who cannot, students from wealthy suburban schools over those from poor urban school systems, and males over females.

Coaching Does Not Work

The test-makers have backed away from their original claim that performance on the SAT could not be improved through coaching. The College Board now sells its own test prep materials. A number of studies indicate that good coaching courses can raise a student’s scores by 150 points or more on the test’s 2400 point scale. These courses, which often cost $900 or more, further skew scores in favor of higher-income test takers. Because college admissions officers do not know who has been coached and who has not, they cannot fairly compare two applicants’ scores. via http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=405423

I was appealed by this blog post because the author is explaining how the College Board has contradicted its originial missionary statement of predicting the students future success in college. In my paper I will be addressing the issue of the efficiency of the SATs and whether they should be abolished. Although the test does provide a common ground for admissions officers, statistics prove the test does not accomplish the mission statement. Furthermore, later on in the post, the blogger touches upon how the test could be considered biased. I agree with this claim in that I believe the standardized test is considered a test of the wealthy. Anyone with alot of money can literally buy their kids a high SAT score. They can afford to send their children to top quality prep classes, such as the Princeton Review, that almost guarentee an increase of atleast 100 points on the SATs. In translation, the SATs are biased in that they favor the rich and desriminate against the minorities.

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