May 2, 2008
Researchers Accuse Selective Colleges of Giving Admissions Tests Too Much Weight
One after another at this time of year, elite colleges trumpet the outstanding SAT scores of the applicants they have admitted. The question often raised by such announcements is just how much those scores matter.
Two recent studies conclude that they matter quite a lot. The researchers assert that selective colleges give excessive weight to SAT scores for the sake of bolstering their college-guide rankings and, in doing so, greatly complicate their pursuit of diversity.