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College Board Recycled Compromised SATs

Exams keep falling into the hands of 'bad actors'

(Newser) - The College Board has been trying to clamp down on SAT cheating worldwide, but "cram schools" in East Asia are running rings around it, throwing thousands of exam scores into doubt, reports Reuters . The board, a nonprofit organization that owns and develops the standardized test, routinely recycles SAT test... More »

Students Bombed This Year's SAT

Scores lowest since test got revamped a decade ago

(Newser) - The nation's SAT results are in, and they're not good. Numbers are down in all three sections, among both male and female students, reports Inside Higher Education . The average score was 1490 out of 2,400, down seven points from last year and the lowest since the test... More »

George Washington University Ditches SAT, ACT Scores

School was worried tests were driving away promising students

(Newser) - George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions. The dean of admissions at the DC university says administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading otherwise strong students to not apply. "Although we have long employed a... More »

Students Can Retake SAT for Free After Misprint

Written, spoken directions on time allowed were off on 2 sections

(Newser) - Students who took a flawed SAT this month can get a free do-over. The College Board will waive the $54.50 fee for any student who took the June 6 exam, which contained a printing error that gave some students five more minutes on one section of the test. The... More »

Va. School Finds Its Lost SATs— in Own Building

Oddly, 236 tests were in the shipping area

(Newser) - A month after 236 SATs went missing , school officials in Loudoun County, Va., found the tests yesterday—and they weren't exactly in the hands of UPS as the school had initially claimed, reports NBC Washington . Rather, they were neatly boxed up sitting in a cart in Broad Run High... More »

Virginia Students Told Their SAT Tests Have Vanished

Loudoun County kids who took it May 2 might have to subject themselves to it again

(Newser) - As far as anxiety-fueling tests, here's one that tops the SAT: the SAT do-over. At least 100 high schoolers in Loudoun County, Va., have been told they may have to take the SAT all over again because their tests have gone missing (some reports say 100 kids; WJLA puts... More »

New SAT Ditches 'Obscure' Words

College Board releases sample questions, more info

(Newser) - The new SAT , coming in 2016, will be more geared toward real-world applications—which means, among other things, that it's bidding adieu to "obscure" vocabulary words. Taking their place: "high-utility" words. The College Board today released 211 pages of info designed to give students "everything [they... More »

SAT Is Like an IQ Test —and It Works

Slate essayists say it can and should play a valuable role for colleges

(Newser) - The SAT is a favorite punching bag these days, with critics saying it should be eliminated from the college-application process. But in an essay at Slate , David Hambrick and Christopher Chabris come to the test's defense on several fronts. Those who say the SAT is a lousy predictor of... More »

Don't Revise the SAT, Just Kill It

It's time to do away with with a one-test-fits-all approach, say critics

(Newser) - The College Board is winning plenty of praise for its upcoming changes to the SAT , with the editors at Bloomberg , for example, happy that the reforms might put a dent in the test-prep industry. When well-to-do parents shell out for that extra help, it "warps educational priorities and helps... More »

No Mandatory Essay: SAT Overhauling Test

Top score returns to 1,600 in 2 years

(Newser) - Big changes are coming for the SAT in two years, reports the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal . Some of the major ones announced by the College Board:
  • Essay optional: The mandatory essay introduced in 2005 will be eliminated. Among other things, critics say students couldn't knock out anything
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SAT Scores: Not So Hot at Predicting College Success

High school grades a much better indicator of likely college success: study

(Newser) - The SATs were created to offer a way to help less-privileged students show their skills—but these days, the stressful tests "serve more to truncate access than to open it," says William Hiss, a former dean at Bates College. He and his team have conducted what could be... More »

Only 3 Camden Teens Got 'College Ready' SAT Scores

New superintendent gives sobering assessment of listening tour

(Newser) - Just how bad are things in Camden's schools? So bad that only three students there managed a "college ready" SAT score in 2013, new superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard revealed yesterday. He called the number a "kick-in-the-stomach moment." It was one of a number of sobering assessments Rouhanifard... More »

5 Celebrity SAT Scores

Did you score higher than Scarlett Johansson?

(Newser) - Want to feel bad about yourself? Consider this: If Ke$ha is to be believed, she scored 1500 out of 1600 on the SATs. That's probably better than you got, right? But all is not lost: You may have scored above some of the others on this list rounded up... More »

SAT Tightens Security Against Cheaters

Students will have to send in photos in advance

(Newser) - The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced today in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island. The two... More »

Prestigious College Faked SAT Scores to Boost Rank

Claremont McKenna College administrator inflated scores

(Newser) - Claremont McKenna College is currently ranked by US News and World Report as the nation's ninth-best liberal arts college—but, the college admitted yesterday, that ranking is based on falsified SAT scores. The small California school says that since 2005, "a senior administrator" who has since resigned submitted... More »

20 Students Nabbed in NY SAT Scam

They were paid to take tests for others: Investigators

(Newser) - Twenty students linked to five Long Island high schools have been charged with being part of an SAT test-taking scam. They were accused of accepting payments to take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams posing as other students over the last three years. A principal at one of the... More »

7 Busted for SAT Scam

High school students paid up to $2.5k for graduate to sit exam

(Newser) - Seven teens have been arrested in an SAT-cheating ring at a prestigious Long Island high school. Sam Eshaghoff, 19, took the exam for at least six other students, charging up to $2,500 for each one, prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times . The six Great Neck North students have been... More »

SAT Reading Scores Hit Lowest Ever

One reason: more students taking the test

(Newser) - One of the three Rs just found a new basement: SAT reading scores fell three points to reach their lowest level on record, the AP reports. The decline took the scores to 497 out of 800, and it was just the second time in the past 20 years that reading... More »

Chinese Students Go Extreme for College Entry Test

Kids and parents stop at nothing to ensure passing score

(Newser) - Suddenly, the SATs seem like a leisurely way to spend a Saturday. Chinese students and their families have turned preparation for the country's college entrance exam into a national obsession. Some students study hooked up to oxygen tanks in an effort to improve concentration, girls take birth control to... More »

SAT Chief: Reality TV Question Is Legit

Don't confuse the topic with the task of writing

(Newser) - SAT chief Laurence Bunin says students should have been able to answer a controversial essay question on reality TV even if they'd never heard of Snooki or Randy Jackson. And that's the point critics are missing, he argues in the Daily Beast . They "confuse the literal topic with the... More »

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