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College Admissions Tests: Destructive Icons or Useful Tools?


by Philip Ballinger — November 04, 2008

This commentary seeks to frame the current debate about the use and misuses of undergraduate college admissions tests -- particularly the SAT and ACT. The author was a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions. In the commentary, the author presents some of the primary concerns of the Commission using the guiding images of 'icon' and 'tool'. The author gives some examples of test-use practices underlying the Commission's concerns as well as some of its responsive recommendations. Finally, the author states continuing support for the use of these tests at some institutions only if their original and essential nature as tools can be restored.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 04, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15431, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:22:24 PM

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