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Study: More White, Affluent Students Would Benefit From SAT Only

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By    |   Sunday, 23 June 2019 05:21 PM

Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that if applicants were admitted to America’s top 200 colleges based on their SAT scores alone, more than half of the enrolled students would have to give up their spot.

Additionally, the process would negatively affect black and Latino students and provide extraordinary advantages to white male students.

“In the wake of the college admissions scandal, our thought experiment tested whether removing legacy and social capital from the admissions equation would have a more equitable outcome,” said Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, CEW director and the report’s lead author. “But a test-only admissions policy would only further privilege in the higher education system.”

The study, titled “SAT-Only Admission: How Would It Change College Campuses?” also found:

  • The share of White students would rise from 66% to 75%
  • The combined share of Black and Latino students would decrease from 19% to 11% and the share of Asian students would fall slightly, from 11% to 10%
  • Test-only admissions would raise the median SAT score from 1250 to 1320

The College Board, a New York-based non-profit that develops and administers academic tests such as the SAT, in a statement to Newsmax said the exam should not measure excellence on its own. 

“Data are overwhelming that grades and test scores together better predict college success than either does alone," it said. "Comprehensive research demonstrates that sustained commitment to an activity in high school outside of class further predicts success in college and beyond. Resourcefulness in response to challenges has long been honored in college admissions as a dimension of merit and success in life. A focus on a single score would leave so much talent unseen.”

Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland and Chair of the College Board Trustees, said the study didn't make sense.

“No one is advocating for SAT-only admissions, which is why conducting a study like this doesn’t make sense and is misleading," she said in a statement to Newsmax. "Families should know that this study has nothing to do with the way admissions is practiced in modern times in the United States.”

The college admissions process came under fire this spring following charges brought by federal prosecutors in a $25 million scheme to help wealthy Americans cheat their children’s way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford.

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Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that if applicants were admitted to America’s top 200 colleges based on their SAT scores alone, more than half of the enrolled students would have to give up their spot.
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