As far as I can tell, pretty much everyone hates the SAT: parents, educators, students.*
The College Board says that the SAT tests "the skills you're learning in school: reading, writing and math."
Is that accurate? If I were to answer that question today, completely honestly, I'd say "in an ideal world." And then I might add, "unfortunately."
Our local high school principal sent out a newsletter a few months ago questioning the validity of the SAT as a measure of a school's success. "A bit of research indicates that nothing could be further from the truth," he wrote.
Six months into this Perfect Score Project, I'd say the SAT tests, in a very deep way: vocabulary, grammar, an ability to critically read with precision, sensitivity and depth. It tests basic math skills, but more than that, it tests your ability to know math so well that you can be flexible with the knowledge and use it in all sorts of unfamiliar contexts.
* I happen to love the SAT, but that's another story, which is coming soon.
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