New book says abandoning standardized test scores could benefit students

As many universities reassess their criteria for college admissions, a new book suggests that high school grades and interviews could be a more reliable indication of a student's academic potential than standardized test scores, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The book, titled SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional Admissions, argues that standardized tests are not only unreliable indicators of how a student may perform at the college level, but that some schools use them to discriminate against applicants who may be able to succeed in college degree programs.

"Standardized tests allow colleges to practice social discrimination in the name of academic selectivity, when, in reality, high school grades are the best predictor of future collegiate success," said Joseph Soares, a professor at Wake Forest University (WFU) and editor of the book, as quoted by the newspaper. WFU was the first college in the U.S. to abandon SAT scores as a mandatory element of its college admissions process.

Martha Allman, dean of admissions at WFU, detailed the college's experiences in a chapter in the book. She says that relying on candidate interviews allowed them to make more accurate assessments of students' academic potential. She added that the process enabled college admissions officials at WFU to become better admissions officers, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

What do you think? Can colleges adequately judge you based on your SAT scores, or should they abandon this part of the application process? 

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  1. Michael Comeau says:

    I personally think that schools should have a screening process that involves academics as well as extracurricular activities thus eliminating the “bad day for tests” ideas in students.

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