Class Struggle: SAT

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 07/07/2010

Your SAT score has little to do with your life

Researchers Stacy Berg Dale and Alan Krueger, studying data on 23,572 students who entered college in 1976, concluded that the character traits students acquire long before they pay their SAT prep-course fees are what determine success in life. The four-digit (or for some three-digit) scores they get on the SAT don’t mean much long term.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 PM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Living | Tags:  former Congressman Bob Edgar (730), former Senator Bill Bradley (485 on the verbal), great people with bad SAT scores, the late Senator Paul Wellstone (under 900), why SATs don't matter in life

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 06/17/2010

New evidence that SAT hurts blacks

Roy Freedle is 76 now, patient as any research psychologist. He knows that decades often pass before valid ideas take root. When the notion is as radical as his, that the SAT is racially biased, an even longer wait might be expected. But after 23 years the research he has done on the surprising reaction of black students to hard words versus easy words seems to be breaking out of a long period being dismissed as trivial and irrelevant.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends | Tags:  College Board denies bias, Maria Veronica Santelices, Mark Wilson, Roy Freedle, blacks do better on harder questions, racial bias in the SAT

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 08/04/2009

Admissions 101: Boot the SAT?

Jay Mathews is looking for feedback over at Admissions 101: My latest online column addresses the growing trend of colleges telling many of their applicants they do not have to submit SAT or ACT scores. This is one of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:09 PM ET, 08/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  ACT, SAT, college admissions

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/09/2009

Admissions 101: Should Colleges Ditch the SAT for AP as the Main Admissions Exam?

A little while back in Admissions 101, Jay asked whether the day of the SAT might be numbered: Matt Gray, spokesman for Bryn Mawr College, just alerted me to their new admissions policy that, I think, anticipates a day when...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, SAT, college admissions

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/19/2009

Admissions 101: Are Too Many Smart Kids Ditching the SAT?

Back in March, Jay asked in Admissions 101 whether smart kids were moving away from taking the SATs. The conversation has been bubbling ever since. Patrickmattimore1 writes educators should not rethink which tests students are taking, but the tests in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions 101 | Tags:  ACT, SAT