Congratulations, You've Been Accepted

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It seems that in this new century, students are told more often that tests such as the ACT have the power to define their future. Can a simple test score, a mere number on a scale, determine the course of one's life? According to the ACT organization, as well as teachers and administrators across the country, this test is the only way to determine how intelligent or how studious a college-bound teenager is. It is used to predict "college readiness." But how can we ever be sure of how ready we are for college until we arrive? We cannot assume that we like or do not like a food until it meets our taste buds, and similarly there is no definite way to determine how we will fare in an institution of higher education, out on our own, in the "real world," until we set foot on the unfamiliar soil. We can certainly be guided along by counselors and other mentors who know us on a personal level; they can evaluate our credentials and more accurately predict how we will manage in a college setting based on character attributes such as discipline, work ethic, and social qualities. Less emphasis should be placed on standardized tests such as the ACT because they are not the most accurate measure of someone's intelligence and they are not a judge of character in any way. How does one prove their own character? Through their actions of course. As the idiom goes, actions speak louder than words; so in theory, examining these actions is the best judge of one's character. Someone who is socially active, constantly surrounds themselves with other individuals of different character is almost always someone who can add a lot to a community. They can provide a fresh, respectable set of ideas; they can share their talents with their peers, and can of... ... middle of paper ... what type of impact they will have on their campus. If more universities practiced this type of admissions process, they would provide a more equal and accurate assessment of a student's qualifications, a mutually beneficial result for all parties. Colleges would be able to place more confidence in their decisions of accepted students; and new freshmen, knowing that they are accepted based on merit of their character, would take more pride in hearing the words, "congratulations, you've been accepted." Works Cited Martinez, Niko. Personal Interview. 9 February 2011 Rosser, Phyllis. "Standardized Testing." The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1998. Academic OneFile. Web. 9 Feb. 2011. "Nebraska DHHS: Importance of the Job Interview." Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Web. 10 Feb. 2011.

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