12 May 2009

What if instead of the SAT...

...colleges instead relied on one's IQ score, the more definitive measure of intelligence and college readiness? Given the achivement gaps and flawed essay, I feel that the SAT is more of a money-making scheme for the College Board bigwigs to take weekend vacations to Atlantic City sipping on French wine than any reasonable measure of merit.

And yes, I've heard of Christopher Langan.

1 comment:

Zuodi said...

...colleges instead relied on one's IQ score, the more definitive measure of intelligence and college readiness? <-- I agree, sort of. The IQ test may indeed be a little more accurate than the SAT exam in measuring 'intelligence'. Although the SAT really does measure nearly the same thing, since it is technically possible to do well on the test without studying, assuming that the test taker has some familiarity with the type of material presented.

But let us not confuse 'intelligence' with 'college readiness'. I mean, can we account for factors like emotional maturity through a test?

Neither IQ nor SAT score can predict whether someone will actually study in college, or care to contribute to the intellectual environment of the classroom. Just as in high school, there are many bright kids in college who may choose to sleep through class..

So let's not discount the value of the GPA, at least not yet.