SAT Testing Validity

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Joe Sampson Dr. Forrester English 110 14 May 2019 SAT’s Reliability Questioned I’m pretty confident that the only reason I got into the school of my choice was because of my SAT scores. With that being said, the SAT test has been under heavy controversy recently due to new research and events. College has become a more obtainable dream for students trying to further their academic exploration and a tool used to gain admittance into the universities is the SAT test. But is the SAT test is a reliable source of measurement for the caliber of students entering the field of higher education? Does it look at the student’s individuality, school district, or available opportunities? Should it be made optional? If we are spending eleven years…show more content…
It’s a diagnostic test of how much you know and how well you take tests. It has been seen that there are differences in score due to race, economic status, and gender. The verbal section of the SAT I also discriminates against non-English speaking test takers as they find the analogy section extremely difficult (SAT I Not Best Indicator of Success). It would also have an affect with other sections of the test because they may not understand the directions or interpret something differently from the English speaking test takers. The percentage of blacks eligible for admissions for UCLA has doubled in recent year, yet fewer than one hundred blacks are expected to enroll this fall. The reason is that there is too much weight in admissions based on the SAT (Rogers). Blacks make up for most of the students in urban districts and these districts usually have low funding. The SAT does not discriminate based on gender, race, or economic status, but universities also do not know the other factors contributing to the student’s score. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has made the SAT a requirement for clearing at the division I and II levels. Although I am a true believer that school and studies come before athletics, it seems unfair that they could use the test as a determining factor on whether or not athletes will be able to compete on a varsity level.…show more content…
If we are to keep America as diverse as it claims to be there needs to be a change with the SAT test. Either making it optional with no penalty for not taking the test, or by finding another method to evaluate the caliber of students applying for admissions is the only way to restore
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