The Evils Of The American College Test

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Jordan Plunkett
Dr. Bessetti-Reyes
Honors English II, 1st period
The Evils of the American College Test Sweat drips down my face as I try to remember the formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent. Is my calculator even in degree mode? Have I already exceeded my one-minute time limit for this problem? Will I do well enough on this test to get into my college of choice? These are all questions we have asked ourselves while taking the ACT. However, the real question is whether this test matters and why? Some educational experts would say no due to the flaws of the test. This is why students should not have to take standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. They generally do not predict college grades very well. These tests also add more stress onto the average student that is already being crushed under the weight of school in general. Lastly, studies have shown that the ACT and SAT can have certain biases that disadvantage some students.
An exam that measures test taking is not an accurate representation of how well a student will do in college. William Hiss, the former dean of admissions of Bates College said, “I, frankly, was surprised to find how reliable the high school GPA was. And I thought about it a lot. And I myself think that we are looking at two four-year-long demonstrations, high school and college, of self-discipline, curiosity, intellectual drive, if you will, the ability to get your homework done on time, get your papers written (Hiss 2).” There are many

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