Do Colleges Put Too Much Stock in Standardized Test Scores?

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Tiffany Rice Professor Patricia Ivey ENGL 1101- Composition and Rhetoric 24 June 2013 Do Colleges Put Too Much Stock in Standardized Test Scores? Standardized testing is opposed by various scholars for being a mechanical way of judging a student's ability. Educationists say that learning is more than just memorizing facts and learning certain steps of a problem (Margie). Just marking an answer does not display many other aspects of a student's capabilities that can actually express their true knowledge. For instance, how will a standardized test determine the creativity of the child? How will a certain score prove that the child is good at one subject and bad in another? Just on the basis of a score, is it logical to assume that a student is not capable of shining in a certain course? Often, a fixed syllabus is circulated in schools and colleges and the teachers stick to a monotonous method of just completing the syllabus and teaching only the required topics. This can definitely hinder an in-depth learning of the subject by the students.Standardized testing are a type of exam that assess the student's capability on the basis of multiple choice questions. These tests don't generally involve any theory based papers/projects or documentation works. Though a few institutions also include essay papers in grading candidates. Generally, the student is provided four or five options per question and he/she is expected to choose one correct answer amongst the five options. In certain cases, there may be more than one correct answer(Dworken). Some of the standardized tests that are very popular for admission in the U.S. are Scholastic Assessment Test Examinations (SAT), Graduate Management Aptitude Tests (GMAT), Law School Admission Testing Program (LSAT) and Medical College Admission Tests (MCAT). Some other popular tests are the California Achievement Tests (CAT),

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