SAT and ACT no longer hold sway

The usual argument for retaining the SAT and ACT for admission to colleges and universities is that they need some uniform way to judge applicants (“The Case For Bypassing The SAT And ACT,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 13). There is some truth to that because of grade inflation.  But many years ago, Bates College found that when it made test scores optional, there was very little, if any, difference in performance between submitters and non-submitters during the freshman year.

I still believe that is the best evidence for ditching both tests.  Of course, the College Board, which administers the SAT, argues otherwise.  After all, the SAT is a cash cow.  That’s why the College Board persists in claiming that the SAT is a strong predictor of college performance despite evidence to the contrary.

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