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Appelrouth, Jed I.; Zabrucky, Karen M. – College and University, 2017
In 2016, more than 1.6 million students took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a standardized college admissions test (College Board 2016a). Researchers have estimated that 33 percent of students who take the SAT participate in some mode of formal test preparation, such as private tutoring or classes, to prepare for the exam (Buchmann, Condron…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Preparation, Meta Analysis, College Admission
Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2015
This primer should provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the concept of test validity and will present the recent available validity evidence on the relationship between SAT® scores and important college outcomes. In addition, the content examined on the SAT will be discussed as well as the fundamental attention paid to the fairness of…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Validity, Scores, Outcomes of Education
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Berger, Susan J. – American Educational History Journal, 2012
Over the past few months, news about the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) has made national headlines and not in a good way: "Large SAT Score Decline Shows Failure of No Child Left Behind and State High-Stakes Testing Strategy" (FairTest 2011); "Eshaghoff, Emory University Student, Allegedly Took SAT For Other Students"…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Test Score Decline, Prediction
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Epstein, Jonathan P. – Journal of College Admission, 2009
The advent of the modern form of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), brought to bear by the combination of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Harvard's former president James Bryant Conant (Lemann 1999), was designed to promote the recognition of talent and intellect, wherever they may be found. Their aim was to provide greater educational…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Admission, Admission Criteria, Advocacy
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Geiser, Saul – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
In this article, the author describes the growth and acceptance of achievement tests, such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), over the past century, advocating that many SAT claims of equity, uniformity, technical reliability, and prediction, over traditional measures of academic achievement have been found to be illusory. Summarizing a series…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, School Readiness, College Admission, Admission Criteria
Sugrue, Paul K. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2010
The allocation of merit-based financial aid during the college admissions process presents postsecondary institutions with complex and financially expensive decisions. This article describes the application of linear programming as a decision tool in merit based financial aid decisions at a medium size private university. The objective defined for…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Mathematical Applications, Student Financial Aid, College Admission
Gilroy, Marilyn – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2007
This article reports that more colleges are dropping the SAT as a requirement for admission and, in many cases, these institutions are attracting a larger and more diverse pool of applicants. According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), 740 schools have made the SATs optional. The list includes some of the nation's most…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Achievement Tests
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Sternberg, Robert J.; Bonney, Christina R.; Gabora, Liane; Merrifield, Maegan – Educational Psychologist, 2012
This article outlines shortcomings of currently used university admissions tests and discusses ways in which they could potentially be improved, summarizing two projects designed to enhance college and university admissions. The projects were inspired by the augmented theory of successful intelligence, according to which successful intelligence…
Descriptors: Intelligence, College Students, Grade Point Average, Prediction
Turner, Ronné Patrick – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2014
As an institution that receives close to 50,000 applications for the 2,800 spaces for the first-year entering class, Northeastern University took special interest in the College Board's March 5 announcement on the SAT redesign. In this article, associate vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions at Northeastern, Ronné Turner, describes…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Construction, Universities, Deans
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Lowe, Gary; Tanner, David – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
Declining college admission test scores during the 1970s raised concerns that America's primary schools were inadequately preparing students for college or the workforce. Rock's (1985) analysis of SAT scores indicated that seniors in 1980 scoring at the 50th percentile for vocabulary would have placed at the 41st percentile in 1972. Mathematics…
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Entrance Examinations, Enrollment Rate, Test Score Decline
American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2013
In recent years, a number of educators have challenged the usefulness of SAT and ACT tests as indicators of college readiness, and some institutions have stopped requiring college entrance examinations altogether. The purpose of this trustee guide is to acquaint trustees with the history and use of college entrance tests and the arguments for and…
Descriptors: College Admission, Trustees, College Entrance Examinations, College Readiness
Soares, Joseph A., Ed. – Teachers College Press, 2011
What can a college admissions officer safely predict about the future of a 17-year-old? Are the best and the brightest students the ones who can check off the most correct boxes on a multiple-choice exam? Or are there better ways of measuring ability and promise? In this penetrating and revealing look at high-stakes standardized admissions tests,…
Descriptors: Admissions Officers, Educational Research, College Admission, College Presidents
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Handel, Stephen J. – About Campus, 2017
The University of California (UC) is a research-intensive institution that is widely considered to be the best public university system in the United States. A total of 147 years of sustained academic distinction has made admission to UC's nine undergraduate campuses among the most competitive in the nation. More students apply to UC than any…
Descriptors: College Admission, Justice, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Influences
Morgan, Deanna L. – College Board, 2006
The introduction of the SAT Reasoning Test™ with a writing section in March 2005 and the concomitant elimination of the SAT® Subject Test in Writing after January 2005 have led many colleges and institutions to ask for guidance in using the new SAT Reasoning Test writing section scores for college placement and admissions. Standard-setting…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Placement
Malveaux, Julianne – Black Issues in Higher Education, 2004
Some say the new SAT is an improved version of the old one. It adds more math, especially advanced algebra, an essay section and testing on grammar, according to some reports. Supposedly, it will rely less on rote reasoning and more on critical thinking. Will it give college admissions officers better information? Because no matter what the SAT…
Descriptors: College Admission, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Test Content
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