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‘PBS Idea Channel’ Examines What the SAT Test Actually Tests

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta examines what the SAT test actually, well, tests in the latest episode of the series. Rugnetta points out that the underlying assumptions of the test could potentially favor certain demographics over others, and test scores don’t reliably translate to graduation from a university.

THE SAT. How’s that SAT prep going? Need some SAT tips? Well, here’s one: The SAT may not actually be measuring your…anything. That’s right, your SAT scores, despite what colleges and high schools across America may like for you to believe, may not reflect anything new. There is actually substantial evidence that instead of broad aptitudes, the SATs only measure a specific set of non-quantitative, cultural values and ideas.


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