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Topic: Test Scores are the only way to judge prospective college students
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Test Scores are the only way to judge prospective college students

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 12:49 AM
 

GPA is highly contingent on the ease of the High School and is impossible to compare across schools. Extracurriculars are similarly useless and in reality only indicate relative socioeconomic advantage. The SAT and the ACT are the great equalizer and allow colleges to identify intelligence better than any tool we have. It's not perfect but it's the best we have so I support my Alma Mater using it as the definitive factor for admissions. Legacy and soft factors should, in my opinion, play no role.


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 1:17 AM
 

weight, if only as a tie-breaker, all things being equal.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 1:41 AM
 

It probably is a tiebreaker. But it doesn't put a 1250 SAT score in front of a 1260.


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 4:29 AM
 

It probably is a tiebreaker. But it doesn't put a 1250 SAT score in front of a 1260.

Good point!


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 4:59 AM
 

Test scores should have little weight, because you can raise a score significantly by taking the right prep class. It’s why the GRE means nothing for a lot of grad schools.

Many colleges don’t require the SAT or ACT at all.


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 9:12 AM
 

You can raise test scores with practice and prep classes. Yet the score is more predictive of college success than any other factor. How do you propose they admit students if they aren't trying to predict college success?


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 9:14 AM
 

Amen


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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 9:21 AM
 

So what factor would you use?

Would you try to compare captain of the field hockey team vs. member of the H.S. marching band? Or would you compare a 3.9 GPA at random school A (with a random set of classes within that school) vs. a 3.8 GPA at random school B?

As you can see, any determinant other than test scores is akin to picking candidates out of a hat.


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Hmmmm.. what was TLAWS SAT score?***


Posted: Feb 13, 2018 7:57 AM
 




Clemson Admissions focuses largely on three criteria...


Posted: Feb 13, 2018 8:52 AM
 

GPA

SAT/ACT score

Class rank

That's it !!!!

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 9:35 AM
 

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018 2:15 PM
 

Parents who raised dumb kids- my lil boy is bright but doesn't test well!


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