Over the years national standardized tests have generated a great deal of controversy. Critics have claimed that they are unfair to minority and blue-collar students, and have challenged their validity in predicting a students success, either in college or after graduation.
In recent years much of that controversy has died down. Education professionals generally agree that standardized test scores do not predict success in later life. However. there does seem to be some relationship between test scores and college grades, especially first year grades. Most colleges use the scores as one indication of a students abilities but only as one among many indicators. High school grades and curriculum carry much more weight in the admissions decision making process at most colleges. And the intangibles personality, dedication, creativity, initiative count as well.
They are not IQ tests. The SAT and ACT test verbal and math ability. The achievement tests measure how much students know about a given subject These tests do not totally measure how intelligent you are, how well you learn, or how well you will de in your lift: after college. Colleges know this where evaluating your scores during the admissions process. Standardized tests are not infallible. The SAT, for example, has an error range of 30 points. That means that the student who scores 550 might just as well. have scored 520 or 580 if he or she had taken the tea at another time. In addition, many other factors car affect your performance on a test your level of anxiety, the kind of week you had, even what you ate for breakfast. It is important to relax and to prepare yourself mentally for these tests. Standardized tests have not out of your control. Three are many ways that you can prepare. Just becoming familiar with the format can make a difference of 2(points or more. Studies have shown that SAT score tend to rise automatically 3 points for every month that a student stays in school. That means that ii you take the SAT spring term junior year, and there take it again fall term senior year, your score has i good chance of increasing by 20 or 30 points. In ad dition, there are many ways you can prepare for the test material itself. II you happen to do well on taking standardized tests great you are ahead of the game. And if you do not, re member it is not the end of the world. There are things you can do to improve your score. So relax. Standardized tests are important, but, again, please remember they are only one part of your college admissions profile.
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