Posted by: Louis Lavelle on June 23, 2008
For those of you contemplating an undergraduate business program (or any undergraduate program, for that matter) this may be of interest. Until now, the good folks at the College Board have made it a policy to show schools ALL your SAT scores—your first bite at the apple, the so-so second try, and your third time at bat, when you (to complete the metaphor) knocked it out of the park. But starting in 2010 you’ll be able to choose which test score you send to the schools you’re applying to.
The LA Times broke this story, and it got picked up in the Chronicle of Higher Edudation and Inside Higher Ed. Laurence Bunin, senior vp of the SAT, told the Times that it was being done to make the whole process less stressful for students.
Students were telling us the ability to have more control over their scores would make the test experience more comfortable and less stressful. We can do that without in any way diminishing the value and integrity of the SAT.
Of course, the downside to all this is that admissions directors will have a tough time identifying students who have been coached. They won't know if the person they're admitting is naturally smart, or if he/she is just really good at taking tests because he/she has taken the test several times, crammed the night before, and received training in test-taking strategies.
One obvious winner here is the College Board. With no stigma attached to taking the test multiple times, more students will be inclined to do it until they get it right...generating additional fees for the good folks at the College Board. But that's just the cynic in me talking. What's everyone else think?