Petition to Eliminate the SAT and ACT
Petition to Eliminate the SAT and ACT
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) are the two standardized tests that are used to gauge how prepared one is for college, both of which have been instituted by colleges as a requirement for several decades (in which a student can take one or the other or even both). The SAT is a 3-hour exam that's composed of a reading comprehension section, a writing / language section, a non-calculator math section, and a math section with calculator. The ACT is a roughly 3-hour exam that's composed of a writing / language section, a math section with calculator, a reading comprehension section, and a science section. Both offer an optional essay as well. It's conventional for students to take either one or both tests as twelfth graders.
My name is Vinay Hegde, and I'm currently a senior in high school. I received a 1410 on the SAT, and even though that's a decent score in my opinion, I believe the astronomical amount of time studying and stressing truly wasn't worth it. The high These exams, which supposedly reinforce one's knowledge, are not only unfair but are also terrible measures of students' understandings and their ability to apply their knowledge in college and going forward because of the following confounding variables involved:
- Location: Students may be in very rural areas that don't locally offer the SAT and/or ACT, which is a huge setback because students facing this geographical predicament may not ever have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge via this test(s).
- Low-income students are at a disadvantage: Low-income students may not be able to afford tutoring or forms of help study for the SAT and/or ACT, let alone pay to take the $45 - $75 test(s).
- Test Anxiety: There's so much pressure on students, and because of that, there's an incredibly negative impact that anxiety poses during the tests, inhibiting the true potential of students' abilities to apply their knowledge.
- External Life Circumstances: During the weeks leading up to the SAT and/or ACT, or even on the day of taking either test, terrible events can occur, such as a car crash or family health emergency; these factors can play a really huge role on students' performances on the test(s), which can ultimately dictate whether one gets into his or her dream college or not.
- Luck: I've seen some of the most not-sharpest-tools-in-the-shed who've wasted their high school life partying and doing things they weren't supposed to while putting forth very little to no effort into their school career, yet they received some incredible, jaw-dropping scores while others, who've busted their tails in high school and have received very good grades, received relatively poor scores on the SAT and/or ACT. It's really messed up.
- Cheating: Although it's not as bad now since test security has tightened over the decades of the SAT and ACT's existences, cheating has played a role, a very unfair one. This ties into the disadvantage of low-income students in that rich folks have paid people and probably will continue to pay people to take the SAT and/or ACT for them so that they can get into the college of their choice and enjoy their lives with everything given to them on a silver platter; it's unfair to diligent students who try their best to get the highest score possible on either or both tests, regardless of whether they scored well or not.
Whether or not you took the SAT and/or ACT, and regardless of how well you performed on either one or both, I ask that you please be considerate of those who have faced, are facing, or will face said issues; with your support, we can hopefully inspire change together. Let's take down the SAT and ACT!