34. Ditching the SAT

Many colleges and universities around the country, in dropping their test score requirements, have recently confirmed what the research has shown all along—the SAT has little value in predicting future college performance.

—The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

Every parent knows that many teenagers don’t test well. Some are slow readers. Others freeze when they are stuck in a room with a test booklet and well-sharpened No. 2 pencils. Some kids ace the reading section and stink on any math question that requires more than a working knowledge of Algebra 1. Still others are handicapped by their high schools, which don’t prepare them as well as schools with very high academic standards and a boatload of Advanced Placement ...

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