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DT-SAT F08 - The SAT A Few Facts This article appeared in The Daily Trojan 2001 Most USC students know that Richard C Atkinson a distinguished

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The SAT: A Few Facts This article appeared in The Daily Trojan , 2001. Most USC students know that Richard C. Atkinson, a distinguished academic and psychologist, has stated that he would like to see the SAT done away as a major factor with in college admissions. Here are a few facts about the issue that newspapers, magazines, and Action News At 11 have probably ignored. They might be of interest to USC students for whom the SAT is history but the GRE, MCAT, or LSAT are not. 1. Dr. Atkinson is an expert in testing, so his statements must be right. Richard Atkinson has had an exceptional career as a psychologist, making important contributions to mathematical learning theory and memory theory. However, his work has not been in the areas of mental testing or aptitude measurement. His frequently quoted statement that he “doesn’t know what the SATs are measuring” is simply foolish, given the enormous research literature that deals with this question. What the tests measure could hardly be clearer: the ability to deal with verbal and quantitative abstractions. No, the SAT is not a memorize-and-regurgitate test. If it were, it would be an easy test, and it isn’t--which, of course, is the basic reason why so many people are so unhappy with it. Interestingly, some of Atkinson’s own research shows that
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DT-SAT F08 - The SAT A Few Facts This article appeared in The Daily Trojan 2001 Most USC students know that Richard C Atkinson a distinguished

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