Getting Rid of the SAT Lauren Banks

The SAT is a standardized test that is taken by many high school students across the country. The test consists of three subjects and a written essay. Each section requires students to complete all the questions in a certain time limit. College boards look at the scores to determine if a student will be academically successful at the university. Administrators assume that an SAT score correlates to the student’s grade point average in high school. As a result, many are denied into universities simply because one test score does not meet a certain expectation.

Students are often declined from universities based on their SAT score. College administrators should realize that the SAT is not a reliable source to determine a student’s preparedness for college. Some students may excel in school with high grades, but are not able to score high on the SAT because of the stress or other factors that inhibit their testing skills and ability to think clearly. Students are often declined from universities based on their SAT score. The SAT only test on certain subjects, so it does not an overall representation of the students’ knowledge. If colleges look at the SAT on applications, grade point average and extra-curricular activities should also be a factor in their decision.

Colleges that dropped the requirement of submitting SAT scores with applications saw a rise in enrollment from minority students. Many minority students are not educated in standardized test taking skill which causes them to score lower. After certain colleges dismissed the SAT, it gave more opportunity for the minority to be accepted. The statistic shows that the SAT is unfair because everyone is not taught testing skills, but also shows that students who score low are capable of being accepted to strong academic schools because they have high grade point averages.

More high schooler’s would attend college if administration boards made the SAT optional. Student’s would not be held back because of one score, but could impact society in a beneficial way with a college education. Public universities would also receive more money by making the SAT optional because the enrollment would increase. Administration boards would not only help more students get a higher education, but also help their university.


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