SAT Scores Not Needed for Fair, Valid College Admissions

for further information:
Christina Perez (857) 350-8207
Bob Schaeffer (941) 395-6773

for use with annual SAT results, 12 noon EDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2001

A focus on small, annual changes in SAT average scores deflects attention from more important questions about the role of the test in college admissions, according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

“Continued reliance on the SAT to evaluate applicants undermines both equity and excellence at our nation’s colleges,” said FairTest University Testing Reform Advocate Christina Perez. “The test is a weak predictor of college performance, less accurate than even high school grades. It’s also biased, coachable, and widely misused. The annual score fixation misses the point: the SAT is a seriously flawed exam that distorts the admissions process.”

“The real story about the SAT should be why any college continues to require test scores,” added FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer. “The success of the nearly 400 undergraduate schools which do not require substantial numbers of their applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores demonstrates that the exams are simply not necessary.”

Fact sheets describing the SAT’s poor ability to predict college success and other flaws, as well as a listing of 388 bachelor-degree granting schools that do not require test scores from substantial numbers of their applicants, are available on-line at or may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope to FairTest, 15 Court Square, Suite 820, Boston, MA 02108

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