- May 20, 2009
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LOL! Riiiiight. Who invented the basketball?Go look for the origins of the test and the name Madison Grant and maybe you'll understand.Why is the SAT "Racist"? Is throwing a basketball into a hoop "Racist"?Hopefully we will soon end the stupid racist argument about SAT scores. Already over 900 colleges have made these tests optional in regards to admittance, now the University of California Berkeley is eliminating ACT and SAT tests as a criteria for admission. High school GPA is and should be THE main criteria.
University of California Will End Use of SAT and ACT in Admissions
The University of California on Thursday voted to phase out the SAT and ACT as requirements to apply to its system of 10 schools, which include some of the nation’s most popular campuses, in a decision with major implications for the use of standardized tests in college admissions.
Given the size and influence of the California system, whose marquee schools include the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley, the move is expected to accelerate the momentum of American colleges away from the tests, amid charges that they are unfair to poor, black and Hispanic students.
The school system’s action, which follows many small liberal arts colleges, comes as the ACT and the College Board, a nonprofit organization that administers the SAT, are suffering financially from the cancellation of test dates during the coronavirus pandemic. One critic of the industry estimated that the College Board had lost $45 million in revenue this spring.
Although many students will likely continue to take the exams as long as they are required by highly competitive schools like Stanford and those in the Ivy League, California’s decision will clearly be a blow to the image of the tests, and experts said it could tip the balance for other schools in deciding whether to eliminate them.
The change is expected to accelerate the momentum of American colleges away from the tests, amid concern that they are unfair to poor, black and Hispanic students.www.nytimes.com