Friday College Town Hall

wamcIllustrationIconIn Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

A new study shows that 28% of students didn’t score high enough to meet any of the ACT standards for expected college success.

How well can a standardized test predict college success? Do schools need to improve or do the tests need to change?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at  @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below)!

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  1. elisa says:

    I don’t think standardized can determine success. I know people who can do very well in school and not test well. I know a lot of schools including my own do SAT classes or there are classes outside of school. It’s up to the student to do take those classes

  2. Taylor says:

    I don’t think colleges should rely so much on these tests. Yes, they’re helpful when testing a student overall, but those tests are exhausting, and I know I didn’t do as well as I could for the simple fact it was early, I was nervous, and it was mentally draining. Personally, I believe colleges should focus more on GPA and extracurricular activities, and THEN consider ACT and SAT scores.

  3. Antonia says:

    I think that the tests should be changed slightly every few years to keep tempo with what students are learning in school and will be learning in college.

  4. Jonathan Redaelly says:

    i believe this test should not be taken in to count because a test cannot measure future success….if it did most of those people who got below 1400 should not bother to go to college. they are also very hurting for students work hard and in the end they cant even make the 2000 line. either test get fix or no test. simple as that

  5. Daniel says:

    While Standardized tests are a good way to see what we’ve learned in our school careers, I don’t think that they are the most accurate way of showing that. Some people simply don’t test well, or they know the answers but are unable to recognize them in a standard testing format. I think that the way the tests are given should be able to be adapted to the individual. I personally scored a 31, and my younger brother scored a 32, so the normal testing process works for people like us who get the format, but for people who are more kinetic learners may require a different test format to accurately test their knowledge. There are some brilliant students that miss out on college opportunities because they didn’t understand the test.

  6. Samantha says:

    Colleges should not look at theses tests, some individuals do not test well, have test anxiety, and the tests are long and exhausting. Colleges should look at the person overall, from GPA to extracurricular, community involvement, and family then they should make their decision based on those answers. ACT and SAT tests are antiquated.

  7. Preston says:

    I believe these standardized tests are important, but that there should be another way to look at them aside from simply the final raw score, because like many of the members have stated above, it doesn’t quite fully show off how the student does in school or how clever they are.

  8. noorun nahar says:

    This test is really important. but i think this test’s result doesnt show how the students do at their school’s academic. so they should get another way of testing that just not require study but also every other side of thei talent.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Standardized tests are important but they should not be used to predict college success. As some people are really bad test takers and can’t do well on tests but they can do really well in classes and know their information. Colleges need to look at high school students overall grades through their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years and all the extra curricular or volunteer work that the students have done. ACT and SAT should be just an extra thing to look at for colleges but they should not rely on them as much as they do now.

  10. Alyssa says:

    The test can’t predict success. Things change or the person doesnt test well. Someone could be a great asset to a school and not get accepted because of the test. They should include the test when enrolling but not have it be such a major deciding factor.

  11. Michaela says:

    Standardized tests are important. An “A” at one school could have been less difficult to earn than a “B” or “C” at another school. Yes, some people don’t test well, and many people don’t take the classes that prepare them for these tests. However, overall grades in college classes often rely on tests and quizzes heavily or completely. GPA, extra-curricular activities, and the college essay are very important, but I believe that SAT and ACT scores should definitely be taken into account as well.

  12. Danny says:

    SAT and ACT should not have the emphasis that they do!!! Its ridiculous that colleges will throw away an applicant even though he or she meets all the other standards except high test scores. Some people are not good with stressful tests like the SAT/ACT and such should not be penalized for doing poorly on them. Focus should go to the rigidity of the applicants school record, recommendations, and extracurricular activities.

  13. Sofia says:

    ACT or SAT scores should not have much credibility. Not only do they put an incredible amount of pressure on students, but they do not tell you much, except that the student had to study hard, and that they are good test takers. Schools should test individually for a students knowledge based on their own standards. I am a good studet with a 3.5 GPA and SAT scores above 500, but that does not tell you anything about me or my intelligence or success rate.

  14. Andrew Zelitsky says:

    None, instead they should give LOTS of money to me. Seriously, LOTS. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ (I already got in though, so really — $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$)

  15. Arcy says:

    No one is claiming SATs or ACTs are the same as an IQ test, or that they can sum up your specialties and worth in one exam. They are, however, a judge of your ability to study, sit in a classroom for however many hours, and concentrate on testing. I’m not saying they should be the only factor that goes into admission, but don’t discount them either because the answers you bubble on the scantron are not the only answers they get about you from your score.

  16. Natalie says:

    I think these tests are a waste of time. They show nothing!! They don’t show the potential a student has to exceed in school. They don’t describe how hardworking someone is. The only thing these tests do is cause stress. Everyone stresses of taking them and getting a good score and then the stress causes many people to do poorly. There isn’t enough time for anyone to fully answer the questions. Because of this many people have taken to filling in random bubbles. It doesn’t make sense why these tests matter so much! Some people may be book smart, but then they can’t answer questions on the ACT or SAT because there is no way to really study for it. I know someone who studies hours and hours a night, but she works slowly so she can’t finish the test in time. She is such a dedicated student and it seems unfair that colleges would reject her just because of her score.

  17. James Ottman says:

    I believe it needs to be based more on gpa and extra curricular. People get test anxiety and end up sucking at the test. Gpa shows actual class work and extra curricular shows how your leadership and determination.

  18. Ashley says:

    The thing with standardized tests is that not everyone learns at the same speed or the same way. So by having a “standard” for tests it will knock down if the “smart people” who don’t do well on tests. Also the prices are crazy, as if collegewasnt expensive enough we have to make even the qualifications exspensive. Ap tests $82.00 SAT $54.00, ACT $42.00 thats $178.00! Yeah I get the whole it will pay of thing but there should be boundaries where standardized tests dont cost as much as what people pay for 2 or 3 college books.

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