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SATs go score choice

March 12, 2009 3:20:36 PM PDT
Starting this month, high school students who take the SATs will have a new option. They can now pick which score they want to submit to schools they apply to. Students hope the move will help them get into the school of their dreams. Laura Wilson donates her time, as a private test preparation tutor, to the students of the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science.

Students taking the SAT this time around will find that the College Board, which administers the test, has returned to a policy called "score choice," which allows students to take the test as many times as they want and submit the highest score with their college application.

Under a system some 10 years ago, the College Board allowed score choice on its subject tests, like science, but not on the general aptitude test. Some experts feel the change has to do with competition between testing companies.

"ACT is growing in popularity," test prep expert Laura Wilson said. "SAT wants to compete. ACT is a score choice, so College Board, SAT decided to bring back score choice."

But some inner city school educators feel score choice is not an advantage for their low-income students.

"Someone from a more affluent situation can take that test several times," guidance counselor Nancy Trapido said. "My students just can't afford the $40-some a hit to take that test several times."

SAT executive Laurence Bunin says taking the test multiple times is not a great strategy.

"We recommend that students take the test once or twice, because the fact of the matter is that scores don't change really a heck of a lot just from taking the test again," he said

After taking the test, students can use score online or by phone, starting this month.

For more information, visit CollegeBoard.com and WilsonDailyPrep.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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