Is the SAT truly a fair assessment?

November 17, 2015
Scott Hong Fairmont Prep Academy 9th Grade

Scott Hong
Fairmont Prep Academy
9th Grade

When we hear the words, “College Board,” we think of several things—test taking, stress and our futures. From the SAT to AP exams, College Board holds a significant stake in the futures of high school students, as it creates the tests that allow us to get into colleges.

Consider the amount of money that we have to pay in order to take the SAT or any AP exams. It’s about $60 to $90 to take each test. This amount may be too costly for certain people, especially those with lower socioeconomic statuses.

Students are discouraged to take more rigorous courses. Why can’t people get more chances by making the price for exams affordable? Is College Board only concerned about their profit?

Another issue is whether or not the SAT is an accurate measurement of intelligence.

Over the past few years, the million-dollar question is if the SAT is a measure of aptitude or achievement. Many state that intelligence cannot be measured through simply a three hour and forty-five minute test. Bob Schaeffer of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing says, “No test can truly measure ‘aptitude’ for academic success because school performance is not based on a single factor…Non-cognitive traits, such as creativity, motivation and ‘grit,’ also play significant roles.”

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