100% agree here. My alma mater (WPI) made SAT’s optional on applications over a decade ago and they don’t seem to have suffered one bit in terms of their student talent pool.The SAT's are only one aspect of a complex puzzle called a high school student. Some test very well on these types of tests. Others do not. This has been known for a long while now. I don't see the SAT's as a predictor of success or inability to succeed. The emphasis on these scores by colleges diminished several years ago.
I taught for 33 years on the high school and middle school level. Seems we both saw the same indicators. Plus we have 3 sons who did not do particularly well on the SAT's. All three are doing very well in their fields of endeavor.100% agree here. My alma mater (WPI) made SAT’s optional on applications over a decade ago and they don’t seem to have suffered one bit in terms of their student talent pool.
I’m a high school teacher and have seen anecdotally from speaking with alums that SAT performance is not an indicator of ability or success in college. I’m not saying the test is useless but I’m glad to see the emphasis on it decreasing and hope to see this trend continue substantially.
I liked your comment on SAT's being "one aspect of a complex puzzle." I have twins, one who did well on standardized tests and one who did not. Both graduated high school in top 20, did well in college and have good careers. My son, who does poorly on standardized tests, became self aware of his issues and this has helped his pursuit of certain careers and jobs. Similar to personality and 360 degree tests, I would not ignore how someone performs on standardized test. I would also second the theory that its only one of many indicators.The SAT's are only one aspect of a complex puzzle called a high school student. Some test very well on these types of tests. Others do not. This has been known for a long while now. I don't see the SAT's as a predictor of success or inability to succeed. The emphasis on these scores by colleges diminished several years ago.
I don't believe this is accurate.Here's the problem. Of course the SAT isn't a perfect predictor of college success - no one claims that it is. But it's BY FAR the BEST predictor of college success. Far better than HS grades.
SAT’s & ACT’s can be a crutch for college admissions departments that don’t have the resources or are too lazy to fully evaluate candidates. While such tests can be a useful tool in the process, they are just one tool, and not the best one.The college admissions process is more carefully guarded than our nuclear secrets. If you are rejected, there is no way to find out why. The SATs level the playing field. High School grades are highly subjective, as not all High Schools grade the same. Of course, I am partial to SATS, since I probably don't get into UConn without high SATS. I was barely in the top third of my class gradewise, due in part to the fact that they didn't wiegh the Honors classes. I didn't even realize the importance of grades until my senior year, when I then had to sweat out admission to the only school I could afford. Ironically, after never coming close to honor roll in High School, I made Honor Roll both semesters at Stamford Branch, freshman year. Freshman year actually proved easier than senior year of High School. ( Sophomore year, living in a fraternity, was an entirely different story.)
The SAT has already been dumbed down. College Admission drop it basically because they want to admit whoever they want. Although they raise the numbers of minorities, it's ultimately the Asian and Jewish students who get the short end of the stick. /Rant off
Assuming UConn does start classes in the fall, it will be interesting to see how many incoming freshmen decide to take a “gap year” and defer enrollment, and how many returning students decide to take a year off. I am hearing that this will be a nationwide trend. The impact to college finances will be significant.They are strapped for cash and this certainly is one way to gain enrollment.