SATs stray from original purpose

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Jason KuoYou know that test, the SAT? The one that determines your college, career, and future happiness? Well, you were never supposed to study for it.
The College Board, founded in 1901, wanted the SATs to be similar to an IQ test, one that no one could prepare for.
The format of the test was kept secret, and there were no practice materials; the College Board claimed that the test was perfectly designed to determine a student’s level of intelligence.
But schools and teachers across the US played the system and shattered the College Board’s claim. In 1838, Brooklyn tutor Stanley Kaplan drilled his students over basic reading comprehension and math.
His students’ scores soared, and his business, along with various other test preparation services, boomed. The lucrative test business became a multi-billion dollar industry.
Kaplan’s tiny tutoring job from inside his Brooklyn apartment expanded to a nationwide corporation.
The College Board, in face of a total undermining of the original purpose of their test, not only encouraged test preparation, they began to sell their own. The College Board reaps millions of dollars selling their official study guides and test preparation supplements.
Ultimately, the College Board dropped the original purpose of the SATs, changing its mission to boost profits.
Today, students across the country spend much of their junior and senior years stressing over the SATs, aiming to get accepted to their top colleges.

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