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I hate SATs

Jacob Nowacki, Staff Writer

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SATs and standardized tests, in general, are a flawed way to assess the potential of high school students. Surely the best way for colleges to choose students is to look at a number based on one or two dates, where students are locked in a room for 5 hours completing over a hundred questions on a mix of Math and English, topped off with an hour-long essay about another political or environmental subject that you’re forced to read and analyze.

The time constraint isn’t the only problem: It’s the fact that one exam — which isn’t even close to the kind of work you’ll be doing in college and doesn’t resemble a full-time job at all — can decide which school and career path you go down. The lack of teamwork and creativity, two things that make college what it is, are both completely absent, forcing you to be judged by just a number on a page, and not your ability to collaborate.

The lack of a showcase of positive traits makes the SAT flawed. This test bases its score only on pure academic skill, and not other useful traits that would be appealing to colleges and businesses.

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