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What Does the SAT Really Test?

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Test scores are a huge deal, and, of course, the majority of colleges and universities require them when applying for acceptance. Students can always use help with SAT prep, so here’s a surprise: The SAT may not actually be measuring anything(!). This video from PBS Idea Channel explores the significance of SAT scores, and, how despite what colleges and high schools across America may like for you to believe, they may not reflect anything new.

So are there more accurate predictors of success for prospective college students? There is actually substantial evidence indicating that instead of broad aptitudes, the SATs only measure a specific set of non-quantitative, cultural values and ideas. But don’t dismiss the SAT’s just yet – here’s why.



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