The SAT holds tremendous power in determining where you will go to college.

To go to virtually any college or university in the United States, you need to have taken
the Scholastic Aptitude Test, a standardized exam that assigns you a score that ranks your
verbal and math abilities. The SAT is not an intelligence test, rather, it is a predictor of
college success. College admissions committees use the SAT to get a general idea of
your scholastic aptitude. Each section of the SAT is graded on a scale of 200 – 800, with
500 being the average score. Though many colleges require the SAT for admission
because it is a standard way of measuring a student’s ability to do college-level work,
No test can accurately predict with 100 percent certainty what your grades will be
in college. This is because many factors, including personal motivation, influence your
college grades. Colleges use SAT scores to help estimate how well students are likely to
do at its school. Knowing your SAT helps the college make a decision about how likely it
is that you’ll do well at the school, but for many their first year of college grades are
different from what their SAT scores had predicted for them.
The oldest and most familiar accusation against standardized tests is that they are
discriminatory. The prime evidence for this charge is the test results themselves. For
many years now, the median score for blacks on the SAT has fallen 200 points short of
that for whites. Also there has been the persistent 59-point gender gap in the combined
scores of the SAT. The men tend to do better than the women on the math section, while
the women perform better on the verbal section. One possible reason for this gender gap
may be due to the increasing number of women, especially minority women, who are now
taking the SAT. Women outperform men at the elementary and middle school levels, but
fall behind men at the high school and college level. However, the SATs are a poor
predictor of college success because they underpredict the GPA of women and

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