It have been argued that colleges should not use a simple four-hour test determine someone’s intelligence or future success in college over his/her high school curriculum. Many citizens along with colleges and universities across the United States has taken their sides in this debate.
They may become stressed and overwhelmed by how many stories and problems they may be looking at in those next 4 hours.As they come to a problem that they dont know they might freeze not knowing what to do. They may stress about getting it wrong and decide to guess because of how much time they spent on that one problem. By the next problem they may be so stressed that they can't do much but upset themselves on how important this test is and how they are not going to get into college because of a low score. Statistics show that “standardized testing adds too much stress to student lives. Students spend a lot of time stressing over the SAT/ACT when they could be focusing their energy on more important academic and social activities that could benefit them in the future.”(“What Parents should know about Standardized
The SAT and ACT have been proven to be fairly accurate at predicting a student’s average performance for their freshman year in college. For the majority of the time, ACT and SAT scores are paired with the student’s high school GPA in order to get a more accurate prediction on their performance. This pairing of the tests is way more effective than just the test alone.
On the other hand, these types of tests are easier for cheating. Using the same example about mathematics, a student can cheat the entire test without knowing how to solve any question and still pass the test because there is no way to determine whether they know how to solve it, guessed, or cheated. “Standardized tests were never intended to measure the complexities of intelligence, and over time they have drawn the center of gravity in college admissions away from things we value. Because scores generally improve with guidance and repetition, the tests have encouraged an industry of test training that takes advantage of the ambitions of students and families.”
These standardized testing like the SAT or ACT, make it easier to judge a student. These universities and colleges should look at the overall achievement of these students as a whole. Some students do not score good on these tests, they may be nervous and fail or they do not score high enough. These standardized testing systems are no understatement. I used The
Would you be happy if you had received an A in your class? Do you feel that you truly learned enough to deserve that perfect A? Students who are in either high school or college are forgetting the true meaning of having knowledge and being able to learn. People think that how well they perform in the classroom will justify how well the teacher teaches their students but necessary that might not always be that way. In Brent Staples piece, “Why Colleges Shower their Students with A’s”, he argues that there must be an end to the grade Inflation and continues by examining for a possible solution by using language techniques to emphasize the main point.
Many students either care too much about the tests, and therefore try to cheat, or they don’t care enough about the test, making the results worse than they normally would be. Ryan Deffenbaugh explains that one college, along with many others, no longer requires test scores for applicants because there were many arguments that “the scores are not a great indicator of future success in college, and that a billion-dollar-test prep industry creates an unfair playing field for students from families with lower incomes” (Deffenbaugh, 16). This college, Purchase College, is one of many that has the opinion of standardized tests being unreliable when accepting students. They don’t show true intelligence because anyone can get some luck when guessing. An article states, “Kids learn early on that they don 't have to think outside the box, they don 't have to be creative, collaborative or be critical thinkers.
I realized when I entered college how quickly these three effects took a detriment on my performance. I feel as if these distractions put me in a position to not perform to the best of my abilities. The cost of education is certainly effecting the way I spend, conserve, and think about as far as my choice of school. In the article "The Three Biggest College Campuses Problems," show that the cost of education was the top problem for students at a percentage of sixty-three percent. Since I have started school this semester I have constantly had financial issues.
Student should know that every person has his/ her ability and interest, for example, some people good at problem solving issues or questions, while others prefer memorizing and direct questions. That is way student should not underestimate anyone and predict they have cheated. They should not loss the hope just because average student get higher marks than him / her. Even though some teenagers may cheat, they should not consider the idea of cheating as a very simple way to get high grades without any effort control their actions. So, instead of watching how much people get in exams and learning from them new methods of cheating, they should ask themselves what is wrong in their way of studying and how can they improve their weaknesses.