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Last week, the College Board announced plans to change the SAT, one of the two widely used college-admissions tests in the U.S. The new test, launching in 2016, will more closely reflect the work students do in high school. Who are the historical figures in the cartoon?
Look at the cartoon’s title. What point might the cartoonist be trying to make about test scores and future success?
Critics of the SAT and other standardized tests argue that colleges often place too much emphasis on test scores. Do you agree or disagree?
Have you or someone you know taken the SAT or ACT? Do you think the tests accurately measure someone’s ability to be successful in college and beyond?
What factors do you think admissions officers should consider when reviewing college applications?