Presently, standardized testing, such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing Program (ACT), is a mandatory and important part of the college acceptance process. Although these exams test students on the same topics, genders have proven to be stronger in some fields and weaker in others. Men are typically stronger in mathematical and visual-spatial components, while women are stronger in verbal aspects of the exams. For these reasons, standardized testing is an unfair way of determining one’s intelligence though they are quite fair if combined with grades and activities in the college admissions process. On the surface, the objective measures of today’s standardized tests sound sensible.
“Another problem with the SAT is that today so many preparation methods exist; the tests are not really a true showing of what a student knows” (Wallace 1). With so many test preparation methods, a student, or the students parents, can basically buy their score. For instance for $2100, Princeton Reviews Honors program guarantees a score of 2100 or the student will get their money back (Princeton 1). Because of programs like this, students who may not have did the best in high school, can score exceptionally high and get admitted into college solely on the fact that the students parents have an exceptional amount of money. Standardized testing cannot predict col... ... middle of paper ... ...sideration the learning disability.
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Multiple choice exams have this problem, they can’t test the information that a person fully knows, it only tests whether they chose the right answer or possibly just guessed it. With only a slew of multiple choice questions it can be easy to get a “good” score or a “bad” score. That’s why these tests are flawed, the results they show don’t prove anything or really show anything for that matter. So, using these long multiple choice exams are what college’s consider to be a reflection of a student’s grades during their first year at college. The test maker itself explains that grade point averages during high school paint a better picture than their tests ("The ACT: Biased, Inaccurate, and Misused" 1).
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Nov 2013). Most of these skill should obviously be learned in high school and in college, so it would seem that the education that an individual or their parents spent so much money on is really worthless. America as a whole, is not teaching the up and coming generations the skills required to find a good job. Employers have also found that when hiring a college student they more than likely do not have the skills to communicate effectively with authority figures, that they cannot prioritize or organize their work load, manage projects and that they do no... ... middle of paper ... ... Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-college-grads-20130920,0,4465594.story#axzz2tX6CeGNC Zupek, R. (2011).
Not everyone can afford to drop down thousands of dollars and attend school for a few more years. Students who wish to receive a post-secondary education must decide whether it is the right choice for them depending on their financial standpoint, meaning that they must decide if they have the resources to further their education. As stated earlier, the cost of college is too high and it needs to be reduced to a more reasonable amount. It is expected that young adults in this day in age would want to go to college or another post-secondary education school to receive higher learning and to somewhat better their lives. While this is true ... ... middle of paper ... ...ews Calculated the 2014 Best Colleges Rankings.” US News.
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