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SATs: Too Much, or Not Enough?

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 4:30 am

Butterflies in your stomach, long lines of nervous teenagers, and a sense of impending doom… yes, that does sound very familiar.And with good reason. With the last SAT testing dates approaching, many juniors have been talking in hushed whispers and having nightmares about low scores crushing their hopes and dreams of being lawyers and engineers. Here, I wish to address the all-important question: What is the SAT, and does it really make a difference?

Let’s start with the basics. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (better known as the SAT) is one among the national standardized tests that millions of juniors and seniors can take to measure their “aptitude” in three sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing. The College Board, which is a “not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity,” develops these tests, which are then administered in high schools around the world. Most countries around the world have similar exams to determine who’s in and who’s out: France has the Baccalaureat, England and Wales have the GCSE, India has the CBSE and ICSE, and Germany and Finland use the Abitur tests. But, does the SAT scale up or scale down to international standards?

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