SAT Testing

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I will be responding to the article “It Doesn’t Test for Success” by Joanne V. Creighton. Colleges, universities, students, and their families should really be questioning college placement test. The SAT’s do not test students’ academic or career potential. Test scores vary depending on schooling and familiarity with English. Also, family’s higher income has an advantage amongst SAT classes or special tutoring. Creighton uses personal reference and statistical facts to persuade the audience to go against SAT testing. I agree with Creighton’s argument that SAT’s should not determine a students’ eligibility for college. SAT’s do not test an individual’s performance on relevant or irrelevant potential. The SAT might have made sense when it was developed in the 1920s, when higher education was an elitist proposition and the college admission pipeline led a relatively homogeneous population of young adults into a similarly uni-dimensional set of colleges and universities (Creighton). Standardized testing is not good for all students because some students test better than others. There are some who have amazing GPAs and academically do well in school but might test very poorly. Parents have complained in the past to school administration that…show more content…
Though students may perhaps be fluent in English, they may live in households where English is not the first language. Those students may not know the differences in word implications and problems in sentence structure. Why should those students be penalized? Why can’t they create a SAT test for ELL students? Why is that they are not being accommodated during the SAT test such as: being able to use dictionaries that are in their own language? The ELL students take the test and if they do not pass the SAT test they have to take prerequisite classes at least four of them depending on what part of the test they did not
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