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UC Contemplates Axing SAT II

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 12:58 pm in College Apps & Angst.

sat If filling in SAT test bubbles is not your idea of a good time, you’ll be pleased to know that the University of California may abandon the SAT II two years from now.

Naturally, the College Board is concerned.(You thought the College Board was a board of college representatives, right? Um no. It’s the corporation that make the exams and reaps its gargantuan revenues.)

So with that in mind, here’s our favorite line from the LA Times story, a quote from Laurence Bunin, the College Board’s general manager for SAT programs, who “said he wouldn’t argue with UC’s right to set its own admissions policy.” – How kind! –  “However, dropping the subject tests would take away an extra chance for students to ‘show everything they can do.'”

Snicker. It would take away an extra chance for the College Board to reap the profits too.

Our teens already spend spring of their junior year taking the 4-hour SAT ($43, payable to the College Board) and multiple 3-hour advanced placement exams ($85+ per exam, ditto College Board), not to mention the four-day STAR exam. That’s more than enough testing, and the College Board coffers are plenty fat enough. Your thoughts?

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  1. Hajir Sailors Says:

    I’m a student right now that has applied to the UC system and I took my first SAT II in my sophmore year. Compared to the SAT I, or the SAT reasoning as it is more widely known, the SAT IIs actually show what you know and allow students to shine in subjects that they know. It is also a great way of showing the school and keeping track for yourself on how you are doing against a national pool of individuals. In your biology class you may be getting an A+ but you may get a 450 on the SAT II in biology. Unless everyone is at the AP level there is no way for the UCs to gauge how students are doing compared to students at other schools since each high school and each teacher has differnet requirements to get an A.

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