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Every year over two million US high school students will take the SAT 1 Reasoning Test also known as SAT It is a three hours test designed to determine the chance of academic success in college for a high school student How well they do will play a big part in determining whether or not theyll get into college and whether theyll make it into an elite university Anyone who has sweated through the SAT had their stomach twisted into knots by worry that ones whole life hinges on a bunch of multiple choice questions will be glad to hear that President of University of California Richard Atkinson had called for ending the use of the SAT for UC admissions The SAT is this nations oldest most widely used and misused college entrance exam The SAT I Reasoning test is composed of two sections Verbal and Math each scored on a 200-800 point scale Out of 138 questions given majority of them were multiple choices By design the test is speeded which means many test takers werent able to finish all the questions The SAT is used for just one purpose which is predicting first year college students grades Kohn is the author of several books on human behavior and education who has pointed out that the SAT doesnt predict students future very well A considerable amount of research shows that more than 600 studies published by the College Board in 1984 has found that SAT scores could explain only 12 to 16 percent of the freshman grades The graduation rates predicted by SAT I resulted to be a poorly estimated number 509 Recently the SAT suffered a body blow when the President Richard Atkinson of the University of California system proposed dumping the exam Atkinson legitimized open discussion of a heretofore-taboo subject for large and selective Universities whether they and society would be better off without the test Atkinson like others who criticize the
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