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  1. #1 Is the SAT test flawed? My personal experience. 
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    As a high school student, the SAT was/is always something that I have dreaded taking. Within the test is the wonderful world of grammar, vocabulary, mathematics, and a lovely essay to write. My first experience with a practice one was mid-way through my sophomore year, an experience that I would dread. Here's how it went.....

    Sitting there in my chair, staring at words similar to and including "inconsequential, dilettante, loquacious, etc." with completely dumbfounded expressions taking over my face. Onto the grammar section, which wasn't an area my teachers had ever emphasized greatly. Almost every sentence that would later be revealed as flawed seemed correct to me. I did equally poor in the math section.

    The results? I scored sub 1200 on the test, putting me in the mediocrity percentile group. Needless to say I wasn't enthused at this, by any means. I took it upon myself to improve my SAT score, not just marginally, but drastically. My methods were diverse and effective, but also time consuming and psychologically harmful .

    First off, I immediately took up reading. Reading wasn't something often done prior to my little regimen, so there was plenty of room to improve. Beginning with simple reads, mostly biographies and magazines. By the time the summer of that year had started, I was reading Carl Sagan, Nietzsche, as well as many others. Whenever words came up that I didn't understand, the dictionary would be used, causing my vocabulary to explode over summer.

    I began to look into grammar as well, registering on a linguistics forum, as well as looking for websites to do practice questions. Within only hours of doing this, I began to grasp how little I had understood prior to my studies. Math was something I never could get motivated to look into. Therefore, my changes in grades on the next SAT within the math section were negligible.

    At the end of sophomore year's summer, or just prior to my beginning of junior year, I took another practice SAT. It was from the same source, a college preparation group. On I went, going through most of the grammar/writing/reading sections without any issues, and math continued with little difficulty. The result? Upon getting my score back, I gazed at the new grade, 1790. This put me rather high up in the percentiles.
    It is unfortunate to me, that college's sometimes base admissions on SAT scores. Over the course of only a few months, I had increase mine by almost 600 points, though I must admit I had considerable room for improvement. It is because of this, that I strongly believe that the SAT is flawed as a measure of academic prowess, and it should no longer be used for college admissions. What is your opinion on the matter?


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    Sure it's flawed, but what else should be used? At least it's a standardized test. High school grades aren't necessarily reliable either.


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    Not sure, perhaps something that encompasses other skills? I saw very few questions that measured spatial skills on the SAT.
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    I think they should make you pound a 12 pack without puking...then see if you can get up for an 8am class.
    Fixin' shit that ain't broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    I think they should make you pound a 12 pack without puking...then see if you can get up for an 8am class.
    An undeniable test of sheer willpower.
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    An undeniable test of sheer willpower.
    But that's what getting an education is. (I know, that's not the joke, but we can use the words another way if we choose to.)

    It is because of this, that I strongly believe that the SAT is flawed as a measure of academic prowess, and it should no longer be used for college admissions.
    I think your example is, in fact, a demonstration that it is a good test of adequate preparation for college level study. It just so happens that in your case, the requisite level of skill was acquired by extra personal endeavour rather than a well-taught, well-designed school curriculum. SATs are not intended to discern innate talent lurking within people who've not been educated in the best possible way to enhance their knowledge and skill. They're a one time test of college readiness.

    If inadequate education or a students' failure to apply themselves results in a failing grade at the time of taking the test, they fail the test. That's why it's a good idea to do what you have done. Practice tests give people a chance to deal with any inadequacies before facing the real deal. You've identified your weaknesses. It'd be a good idea to do something about that maths weakness you've already identified. You don't have to transform yourself into a mathematical prodigy. All you need to do is to put in a few hours practice on the algebra/geometry/calculus/arithmetic calculation skills you've realised you lack. You just want a better score to give yourself more options, you don't need to create or discover superb mathematical insight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Upon getting my score back, I gazed at the new grade, 1790. This put me rather high up in the percentiles.
    1790? You should be very pleased, indeed, with this score. I know that I could NEVER get a 1790. The highest I could ever hope for would be maybe... 1600.
    Although my actual score on the SAT in high school was 1400. I didn't bother to retake it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Upon getting my score back, I gazed at the new grade, 1790. This put me rather high up in the percentiles.
    1790? You should be very pleased, indeed, with this score. I know that I could NEVER get a 1790. The highest I could ever hope for would be maybe... 1600.
    Although my actual score on the SAT in high school was 1400. I didn't bother to retake it.
    May I ask how old you are? Some time ago the best possible score on an SAT was 1600, but it is 2400 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    May I ask how old you are?
    You can ask...
    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Some time ago the best possible score on an SAT was 1600, but it is 2400 now.
    Always changing things... evil testing serpent...
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