It’s test-taking season for high-school juniors in the U.S. Most students take the SAT test, which claims to assess mathematical, verbal, and writing ability to help the college/university admissions process. The pressure to succeed on this and other tests has led to the creation of a whole cottage industry, selling books, software, classes, and even summer camps devoted to getting better scores on the tests. Some parents spend thousands of dollars preparing their children to take the test, in addition to the hundreds they might spend to take and retake the test, searching for the elusive perfect score.
But does all this preparation really matter? Are students who work harder on the test rewarded with better college educations — and better careers, later on? We may be able to answer some of those questions with this week’s Casual Fridays study.
As usual, the questionnaire is brief, with 20 or so questions. It should take just a few minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, April 16 to respond. There is no limit on the number of respondents. Don’t forget to check in on Friday for the results!
[We covered the SATs a few years back with our massive Blogger SAT Challenge. If you haven’t seen that study, you should definitely take a look.]