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A Closer Look at College Entrance Exams

Original post made by Daniel Morizono, San Ramon Valley High School, on Dec 30, 2009

Standardized testing is supposed to level the playing field for college-bound students. The morning of test day, thousands of students from across the country take the same SAT or ACT exam. From a college admission officer's perspective, tests are "standardized" because educational opportunities for students vary widely across the United States. Not every high school can afford to support a range of AP and honors courses, clubs, sports, and other activities, as San Ramon HS or Monte Vista HS can. Standardized testing is a constant that measures true from school to school and from student to student. That's the way things are supposed to be.

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