Why The SAT Should be Remodeled

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David Wilson
Mrs. Jensen
English 101-014
14 November 2012
The SAT Put to the Test
Thesis: The ETS is negligent towards the statistics that show that the SAT is not a fair way of measuring a students academic worth and thus should be replaced or remodeled, because there are better and easier ways of measuring learning ability, biased to the lower class children that take them, and not the first choice of information that colleges are interested in when enrolling students. I. School faculty should realize how difficult differentiating ability from the outcome of good education can be; standardized tests are fraught with inherent weaknesses and should be either updated or replaced with a more accurate way of measuring a students true ability. A. School faculty argues that although even though the SAT is an inaccurate predictor relative to a students GPA, it can increase accuracy of prediction when used combined with them. B. There have been alternates to the SAT that have been claimed to be more accurate and reliable than standardized testing. II. People from the “No Child Left Behind” program argue that the SAT is extremely biased towards lower class students in regards to how much more help the upper class students receive in preparation to the SAT. A. The SAT test applicants who score higher tend to be the students who are in upper class families because they can afford to pay for the expensive tutoring that is extremely beneficial. B. Faculty and school board officials argue that the students learn 80% percent of everything tested on the SAT is learned in the classroom. III Majority of schools and scholarships that are in major competition for students to get accepted into hold the an applicant’s SAT score extremely high and for those students who were not able to make an outstanding score on the SAT are not able to receive assistance for their future. A. Colleges that weight the SAT heavily aren’t necessarily in the wrong in selecting the most highly ranked students to be accepted into their school. B. Many Colleges around the United States are starting to realize that the SAT is not the most accurate way of deciding who is accepted into their schools and instead using a students GPA as the main requirement of acceptance.

David Wilson
Mrs. Jensen
English 101-014
14 November 2012
The SAT Put to the Test
In today’s society there are many ways to measure a students academic worth though standardized tests in scholastic learning. The SAT, designed by the ETS (Educational Testing Service), is the most influential standardized tests given to high school students today, and passing or failing it could decide weather or not a person is going to be continuing on with their academic career in college. Many students, parents, and school faculty members tend to agree that the SAT is over weighted to decide a person’s learning capability. The ETS is negligent towards the statistics that show that the SAT is not a fair way of measuring a students academic worth and thus should be replaced or remodeled, because there are better and easier ways of measuring learning ability, biased to the lower class children that take them, and not the first choice of information that colleges are interested in when enrolling students. The ETS should realize how difficult differentiating ability from the outcome of good education can be; standardized tests are fraught with inherent weaknesses and should be either updated or replaced with a more accurate way of measuring a students true ability. The ETS argues that even though the SAT is an inaccurate predictor relative to a students GPA, it can increase accuracy of prediction when used combined with them. However, Glenn Elert, author of The SAT
Aptitude or Demographics, argues against this statement: “Data from several validity studies indicate that inclusion of SAT scores improves prediction by an average of only 5% or less”(n.Pag.). There have been alternates to the...
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