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Do you think the standardized ACT and SAT tests do a good job of measuring how "smart" a person is? Why or why not? What is "smart"?

asked Sep 27 '10 at 22:40

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Peter Murphy

It doesn't represent how smart we are, but it is pretty much the best thing that we have thus far.

answered Sep 27 '10 at 22:43

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I honestly think these kinds of tests are pointless. Why do we need them to get into a 4 year college? If we really needed them, we should be able to at least take them the first semester of Freshmen year. That would mean that people could go to school they actually would want to go to, not just the school that want them.

answered Sep 27 '10 at 23:00

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the test provide a quantitative way of accepting students... lets say your university only has the ability to accept 2000 new students every year... as a university you want to pick the smartest students who are likely to help with research and get rich and donate lots of money after graduation....

smart people mean more money for the school... and the essayist way to pick out the smart people is a test. it comes down to math, if you can gage some thing with a number SAT, ACT, IQ tests are some of the tests. but by associating a number you can have a cutoff point of who you will accept and are likely to succeed...

can you say someone is smart from a SAT or ACT test... then you get into the issue of what is "smart"... and i think that is why alot of people debate it...

answered Sep 27 '10 at 23:47

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I do like YamazaruNinja's idea of taking them after we are admitted, and maybe use it as a "placement" test within the college. They should be able to determine from our school grades how good we are, although the SATs and the ACTs are a bit more universal so it is easy to determine how good we are if everyone in the US takes the exact same test.

answered Sep 28 '10 at 07:13

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No because it's timed most tests aren't timed and the ACT and SAT are a complete waste of time and don't matter after you've enrolled in college (I hate the College Board).

answered Sep 28 '10 at 07:28

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I don't believe so. They measure your performance in certain core areas, but you can't quantify how "smart" a person is. The SAT and ACT tests are very controversial in several aspects and a lot of four-year, accredited, public and private universities are no longer requiring it as a condition of admission.

answered Sep 28 '10 at 09:07

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Asked: Sep 27 '10 at 22:40

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Last updated: Sep 28 '10 at 09:07