SAT Debate:   Should the Scholastic Aptitude Test Be Used in College Admissions?

Lindsie Dymburt
Educ 258010
Professor Tara Falcone

Why all the Fuss Over the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is an anxiety that every potential college student faces.   I find it fascinating how colleges use this one test to judge students.   How can one test have such impact on the College Board’s decisions when applicants apply?   From my personal experiences, I feel the answer is:   It cannot!
      Before I took the SAT exam with the rest of my fellow peers in my junior year of High School, I always imagined that I would do well considering I had a 4.0 grade point average.   However, it always struck me how this one test was such a big deal in the world of college admissions.   Do grades mean nothing?   What about all the extra curricular activities students partake in?   I was against this test before I even sat down to take it.
      My anger towards this test enhanced when I got my scores back and my guidance counselor actually stated, “Uh-oh!   These scores are scores that a C average student should get, not a 4.0 student like yourself.   This discrepancy in your scores and your grades will be an issue when applying to college.”   This meeting with my guidance counselor made me think that going to college, especially my dream school, the University of Delaware was just a dream, never to be a reality.   I decided to rebel by writing my college admissions essay about my feelings about the SATs.   I decided to not even send my scores out to schools.   This worked out for me considering that I am currently a student at the University of Delaware.   My take on the issue is clear based on personal experience, but here is the controversy itself followed by both sides of the argument.

Scholastic Aptitude Controversy

The Scholastic Aptitude Test, more commonly referred to as the SATs, tests high school students’ knowledge in mathematics, reading, and...