|A Pace Odyssey||
Standardized tests like the ACT and SAT have been around for many years. In Idaho and the other western states, the ACT is more commonly used as a college preparatory exam. But on the east coast, the SAT is more common. It is not surprising therefore that the SAT was created first, in 1926, and then the ACT later in 1959. These tests are necessary and are a veritable indicator of a student’s education as they progress towards college.
Personally, I do not think that we should be required to take two tests that are so similar. I think that it would be more reasonable to have one test that colleges nationwide would accept. Some have also brought up the point that there are too many uncontrollable variables when taking a standardized test. They are correct, some students are much better in a classroom than when our under pressure to do well on a single test. But I also feel that students need to learn to handle high pressure situations. In the real world, their jobs are not always going to be easy and stress-free. Young adults must learn to apply their knowledge in any circumstance, and use the testing to further prepare them for situations that they will face later in life.
So, what do you think? Are these tests helpful at all? Should we have to take both? How does the ASVAB fit into this topic? Is there a better way to test for college readiness?