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Tyler Starbuck 11/2/19 English 101 Position Paper First Draft Standardized Tests Are Not As Important As You Think Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT do not prove how smart someone actually is or how well someone will do in college. There are many different factors that should be much more important for college acceptance. Standardized tests should be eliminated from the college admission process because it is an unreliable source of student performance, it discriminates against minorities, and it forces teachers to “teach to the test.” Standardized tests are an unreliable source of student performance. According to Hernandez (2018), a writer for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, “high school grade point average (GPA) was a better predictor of success in college GPA than test scores for non-submitters.” This report shows that GPA is a better predictor in college success than SAT or ACT scores. With this being said, why should students have to submit SAT or ACT scores? Standardized tests actually are more effective at predicting demographic characteristics like race, class, and gender than predicting how well someone will do in college (Hernandez, 2018). Over 1,000 colleges no longer require applicants to submit their test scores for undergraduate studies (Hernandez, 2018). This is not only an attempt to ease the pressure on poor standardized test scores but also an attempt to diversify colleges more. This brings me into my second argument, standardized tests discriminate against minorities. Minorities are discriminated against when it comes to standardized tests. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Underrepresented racial groups do
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Tyler Starbuck 11/2/19 English 101 Position Paper First Draft not receive as good of an education as “normal” people. Kids from developing countries or the third world countries are not able to get an education like us in the United States receive. A study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling proved that “ test-optional policies ― a variety of policies that allow students not to submit
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