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1 SAT ABOLISHMENT SAT Abolishment Ali Keys November 21, 2018 English 111 Bobby Dawson
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2 SAT ABOLISHMENT Abstract Diversity in higher education is a vital goal if higher education wants to fulfill its mission and have success in an increasingly diverse environment (Smith, 2009). With recent acceptance policies under fire, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to recruit a diverse student body. Numerous critics see standardized tests, the SAT in particular, as the deciding factor to the problem. This paper will review research on such criticism on the current approach as well as regards on recommendations to improve the current situation. In general, this review finds little evidence against a judicious use of the SAT. Alternative approaches, specifically abolishing the SAT although having drawbacks, would create a more open application process as well as creating free time for students to do character building rather than standardized testing.
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3 SAT ABOLISHMENT SAT Abolishment College has become a more prominent and obtainable dream for students trying to further their academic exploration. Numerous institutions are using standardized testing as a tool used to gain admittance. However, is the SAT being a reliable source of measurement for the caliber of students entering the field of higher education? Does the SAT look at the student’s individuality, school district, or available opportunities? Should the test be made optional? Some schools that are looking to make their campus more diverse do not benefit from the SAT. “The SAT goal works against efforts to diversify the campus” (Chambliss). One example is that the University of Indiana is looking to raise the admission standards of the SAT far past the average of the state’s black students. Chambliss argues that “You need to reconsider and make sure that you look not just at student quality, you look at faculty quality, you look at funding quality, look at other conditions” (Chambliss Diverse Issues in Higher Education 23.3). If the University of Indiana raises its standards, then the number of eligible blacks for admissions would decrease, and the campus would experience more segregation. By making the SAT optional at schools with this predicament, they could bypass the standard cutoff score and focus more on the student’s other strengths on their resume. An extraordinary amount of wasted time is spent preparing for the SAT. By utilizing this time, more important things could take place. Regardless the SAT is seen as the ticket to get into top colleges. Therefore, students were preparing as soon as the fourth grade. Practice for standardized testing begins in middle school and affects most individuals high school courses. Persuasive writings are practiced every year until high school for good reason since this is now worth almost one-third of the total grade on the new SATs. If an individual does not perform to the standard on the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) in either area of math or
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