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    Buckeye Nut Schell, blueoasis

    Just to add, this was uniform across all levels.  If you wanted admission to a college or university, you used to show up at the college or university, where you were interviewed and had to pass entrance exams.  

    Now, of course, many/most of our colleges simply choose who to admit based upon a formula inputting a GPA and a standardized test score.  Why is anyone (other than the people who are paid to make bogus tests) fighting to preserve this system?

    •  Why... (0+ / 0-)

      ...should hundreds of colleges waste the effort of duplicating the SAT?

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:44:49 PM PST

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        Buckeye Nut Schell

        Colleges that offer dozens of degrees across a huge spectrum of programs, which give a a huge hand up in the rungs of society, shouldn't base application decisions on a test that only judges English and Math, and has ZERO correlation beyond the first year of college performance?  

        I don't know, call me crazy, I'd think that college application departments shouldn't surrender all of their discretion to how well some kid did on filling in bubbles on a particular day on a test developed by a private corporation, when bubble filling itself is a metric of how well off you are and how much time you spent prepping for that test (which, again, goes back to being well off).  Maybe they'd want to admit students based upon how well they'd fit into their particular institutions?  

      •  Why have hundreds of colleges (2+ / 0-)
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        Buckeye Nut Schell, MPociask

        if they all cater to the same kind of student?

        There might be different entrance exams between places like MIT and places that emphasize humanities.

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