Disadvantages Of Standardized Testing

1816 WordsNov 8, 20178 Pages
Seven times a year, millions of students head to their designated test centers with handfuls of No. 2 pencils to take the SAT or ACT for the college admissions process. In this nerve wracking and stressful situation, students are expected to flawlessly demonstrate all important concepts that high school has taught them and perform to the best of their abilities in order to get into college. In recent years, there has been much speculation and dispute over the these examinations. The truth is, standardized tests to not accurately depict a student 's knowledge on a particular subject. Removing the standardized test requirement creates an equal and fair chance for all applicants by removing the socioeconomic unfairness, and forces admissions…show more content…
With standardized tests, students who are able to afford tutoring are immediately positioned at an advantage. In a study conducted by The Washington Post, it was revealed that students from families earning more than $200,000 a year average a combined score of 1,714. On the other hand, students from families earning under $20,000 a year average a combined score of 1,326 (Goldfarb). The writing test had the widest score gap, which explains why College Board officials dropped the essay to strive for more equality. However, that is not enough to merely removed a section; the entire test should be eliminated. It is unfair to directly compare students who may not be able to afford strategic help, guidance, and extra practice to their peers who have the luxury of test prep and private tutors. More and more universities are following the trend of removing the requirement of test scores and becoming test-optional because admissions directors are realizing how largely income affects student’s tests scores. Students with extensive guidance from professionals perform remarkably better than those who do not have access to such help. No student thinks the same way, so there is no test that can actually measure every student’s ability and can be equally beneficial to all. According to William Hiss, former Dean of Admissions for Bates College stated, “The human mind is simply so
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