Colleges these days seem to put quite a bit of weight on standardized tests (ACT, SAT) when making admission decisions. I have never been a huge fan of this tactic, but from what I've learned through the Psychology text among other sources, it may be more reasonable than I thought. According to the text, there is an evident correlation between SAT scores and college success. I can't say I am surprised by this correlation, but I do believe that perhaps too much emphasis is being put on this portion of one's credentials. From experience, I know how much effort some students may put towards these tests and how little effort is exerted by others. I think it is very hard to gauge the intelligence or success rate of many people off of one test due to the variability of preparation. When one student does nothing to prepare and receives a 28 on his/her ACT, yet another student has a weeks worth of studying and test prep under his belt and receives a 33; who is more fit for the college atmosphere? One could argue that the more diligent student will carry this work ethic over to his college courses; therefore, proving to be more deserving, but I don't feel this is a fair justification. It's because of these variances that I feel less emphasis should be places on ACT scores, but rather the success rates of difficult courses throughout one's high school career. I feel that is a much better indicator of one's future success. I'm curious how the education system will better this system of testing, if at all. How much emphasis will be placed on these tests in 20 years? How much emphasis do YOU think should be placed? How accurately did YOUR scores predict your success?
ACT? SAT? IDK!
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