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ERIC Number: EJ805116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Revised SAT: No Better, No Worse at Its Job
Hoover, Eric
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n42 pA1 Jun 2008
The latest word about the new SAT is this: It gives colleges about the same information as the old one did. Last week, the College Board announced that the recent changes in the SAT had not substantially altered how accurately it predicts first-year grades. The news prompted applause from the test's proponents, scorn from its critics, and little surprise from admissions deans. Officials of the College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the test, say the research affirms that revisions to the exam--including the addition of a writing section--did not diminish its value to admissions offices. The research also found that the new writing section was slightly more predictive of freshman grade-point averages than the other two sections, critical reading and math. So far, colleges have had a mixed response to the writing section, which includes a 25-minute essay. Many deans have said they were waiting for long-term data on the test before deciding how, or if, they would use the test.
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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: SAT (College Admission Test)