Advanced Placement Tests

  • SAT Becomes the Edsel of Standardized Tests

    Barry Lenson

    SAT Becomes the Edsel of Standardized Tests During the last few weeks, tempers have been flaring because a recent SAT asked a question about reality television programs. To be more accurate, the SAT included a prompt that required students to write an essay about reality television programs. (Essay prompts are topics that students must address when writing the essay that is part of the SAT’s Writing section.) Here’s the prompt that has caused the uproar. You be the judge: Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing ...

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  • What Can Your High School Guidance Counselor Do for You?

    Barry Lenson

    What Can Your High School Guidance Counselor Do for You? “When I walked into my guidance counselor’s office last month and asked if I should apply to Lehigh University, he looked up and said, `I like your chances, Chris.’ When I came in the next week and asked about NYU, he again said, ‘I like your chances, Chris.’ The problem is, my name is Paul. This guy clearly doesn’t have any idea who the #$%@ I am.” – A student from New Jersey “Can I Get a Little Advice Here?” a study from Public Agenda, reports deep troubles in the way that American high schools offer college counseling to students. To quote from the report . . . “Unfortunately, recent studies of the guidance system as it operates in public schools today ...

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