University Testing: Problems

Standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE are promoted by their developers as important tools for admissions offices to use in distinguishing between students from vastly different backgrounds. What the tests' developers fail to say is how poorly the exams predict students' future performance at the undergraduate and graduate level. Nor do they honestly address the racial, gender, and economic inequities in admissions, financial aid, and participation in special programs that stem from the use of standardized tests.

College and University Admissions Testing

FairTest's work to reduce the role of standardized tests as gatekeepers to higher education has never been more important - nor has it had as much support. Nationwide, scores of colleges and universities are reexamining their admissions policies and de-emphasizing test scores. Visit the following pages to learn more about our work on university testing reform:

"New" SAT Average Score Plunge, Test-Registration Drop Further Undermine College Board Credibility

for immediate release, Tuesday, August 29, 2006

This year's seven point decline in average SAT scores combined with a drop in the number of students taking that admissions exam add to the mounting credibility problems faced by the test's sponsor, the College Board, according to assessment reform advocates at the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). The score plunge is the largest annual change in three decades; the number of SAT takers declined for the first time since 1991.

Test-Maker's SAT Score-Decline Math Fails to Add Up; FairTest Urges College Board, "Tell the Truth"

for further information, contact:
Robert Schaeffer (239) 305-6773
cell (239) 699-0468

For immediate release, Wednesday, September 6, 2006

FairTest Praises N.Y. Senate Subpoena of College Board SAT Scoring Error Report

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

cell: (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Testimony of Robert Schaeffer Before the New York Senate Higher Education Committee


SAT/ACT Optional Admissions List Soars to 730 Colleges

for further information, contact
Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell (239) 699-0468

Minimal Changes in SAT and ACT Admissions Scores Show High School Graduation Testing Has Not Improved

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell: (239) 699-0468
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207

for release with SAT College Bound Seniors scores, Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"Minor score changes on the SAT and ACT exams by this year's high school graduates again demonstrate the failure of the test-and-punish approach to meaningfully improve the quality of our public schools," according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

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