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ERIC Number: EJ787985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Different Tests, Same Flaws: Examining the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT
Perez, Christina
Journal of College Admission, n177 p20-25 Fall 2002
Spurred in part by University of California (UC) President Richard Atkinson's February 2001 proposal to drop the SAT I for UC applicants, more attention is being paid to other tests such as the SAT II and ACT. Proponents of these alternative exams argue that the SAT I is primarily an aptitude test measuring some vague concept of "inherent ability," while the SAT II and ACT are "achievement tests" more closely tied to what students learn in high school. This article discusses and shows that while the origins of the exams and the rhetoric of their promoters may differ, the SAT I, SAT II and ACT actually exhibit many of the same flaws and shortcomings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)