What to Look for in the College Board's SAT Score Report

Results from the first high school class that took the "new" SAT will be released on Tuesday, August 29. Because of controversies about the revised exam - including its extended length, higher cost, scoring errors, and the value of its "writing" section (see for background on these issues) - score trends will be closely scrutinized. Here are five major issues FairTest will be tracking.

2007 Average ACT Scores


Approximately 1.3 million test takers

ACT "Smokescreen" Focuses on Small Annual Score Changes but Hides Strong Link Between Test Results and Family Income

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell (239) 699-0468 for use with annual ACT score release -- 12:01am Wednesday, August 15, 2007

ACT & SAT Yearly Information

See below for a yearly archive of FairTest analysis and reaction to score trends and breakdowns of the yearly ACT/SAT result releases.


2017: SAT Results broken down by gender, race and parental educational history.

2017: FairTest Reaction to Class of 2017 SAT Results

Influencing Editorials

"Without local activists pushing the media, it wou1d have been impossible to defeat exteemist attacks on thr environment in the guise of 'regulatory reform.' Grassroots efforts resulted in editorials in key Congressional Districts denouncing the Congressional rollbacks. Those editorials gave us powerful evidence in keeping 'Takings' legislation off the Senate floor in 1995." - Gary Bass, OMB Watch


Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests

Approximately 1.3 million high school students annually take the Educational Testing Service's SAT I, America's oldest and most widely used college entrance exam. It is composed of two sections, Verbal and Math, each scored on a 200-800 point scale. Test questions are almost exclusively multiple-choice; a few "student-produced response" questions require the student to "grid in" the answer.

Gender Bias in Proposition 16 and 48

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) use of test scores to determine freshman athletic eligibility means that female athletes have two strikes against them. Not only do women have access to fewer athletic opportunities and less athletic financial aid than men, they are also more likely to be disqualified from even competing for these slots. This discrimination is based not on women's athletic or academic skills, but on biased tests that do not accurately predict their ability to succeed in college studies.


What's Wrong with Proposition 48 and 16?

What is Proposition 16?

"Healthy" Medical School Admissions

What is the MCAT?

Different Tests, Same Flaws: A Comparison of the SAT, SAT II and ACT

Recent debate in college admissions has centered on a critique of the SAT I in favor of the SAT II and/or ACT. Proponents of these alternatives argue that the SAT I is primarily an aptitude test measuring some vague concept of "inherent ability," while the SAT II and ACT are more closely tied to what students learn in high school. However, while the origins of the exams and the rhetoric test-makers offer may differ, the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT present many of the same flaws and shortcomings.

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