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English 101004 Research Paper March 1 2000 Does the SAT show a direct correlation with a students success rate during his first semester of college Almost every person who is of the age of eighteen or older has encountered some sort of standardized test at some time in their lives Whether or not they scored as they had hoped is a different story Some people have seen that the score that they had received on a test wasnt necessarily an accurate portrayal of the way that they were going to succeed at what they were testing for Many colleges throughout the United States require a particular score from the SATs for admittance to their institution Does that particular test score reflect how the student is going to do in college Of course it doesnt The SAT is no longer an aptitude test The SAT is also not a valid test The SATs also fail to show how hard a student works at something and the potential that they may have What is the SAT According to Good 1957 the scholastic-aptitude test is a test used to predict the facility with which the individual will progress in learning academic school subjects 602 This tells us that the SAT is an aptitude test An aptitude test is a test for determining the probability of a persons success in some activity in which he is not yet trained Neufeldt 68 1991 The definitions given above tell what the SAT is and what it does Not all people agree with this thought Does the SAT necessarily tell a high school student what kind of grades they are going to receive their first semester of college Does the SAT really test aptitude According to some experts on the topic even though the word aptitude appears in the acronym the test itself has hardly anything to do with aptitude at all Lemann Dejnozka and Kapel
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