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Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 04:19 AM

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I'm not sure whether or not I like this new policy. I can see where it would be better for the student.


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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 04:30 AM

It'd be better if you had to send the average of all the scores...Averages are usually much more reliable.


   
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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 05:09 AM

Um. The ACT has had a similar policy for years.

I don't think it's always a bad idea, though. A friend of mine took the SAT2 in Physics, and skipped one question, so he bubbled in everything else wrong (in the wrong row, that is). He got a 470, when he was capable of getting 700+. Someone like him would obviously benefit from not having to send all scores.


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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 07:59 AM

Wait I'm confused, now I only took the SAT once and I never took the ACT but I had friends who took both tests multiple times and got to send their best scores off to college, so how is this a new policy?


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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 08:16 AM

I don't see a problem with this. Save everyone some grief.



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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 08:49 AM

It's pretty much what we do in Britain already, and as someone who benefited from it I can see the advantages. If someone screws up an exam when they had the ability to do better, why shouldn't they be allowed to retake in order to get a more accurate reflection of their abilities?
   
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Re: Students Can Hide Low Scores with New Test Policy - April 11th 2009, 06:09 PM

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Wait I'm confused, now I only took the SAT once and I never took the ACT but I had friends who took both tests multiple times and got to send their best scores off to college, so how is this a new policy?
This is a new policy because College Board is implementing it in for the SAT I, starting with the Class of 2010. The ACT, on the other hand, has allowed students to choose and send their best scores for awhile now.

There is nothing wrong with this policy. Students should be given a choice to send in their best score. Plus, colleges always take into account your best score, anyways.


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