Standardized Tests: Helpful or Harmful?

Essay by eprice20University, Bachelor'sB, July 2006

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Before entering the "real" world and making decisions about careers and life, there is one major decision one is faced with. The question of which institution will best fit their needs to prepare them for life. There are several choices to choose from. From Ivy League Schools to State Schools as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities the list goes on and on. These schools are viewed in society on a scale. Ivy League Schools are viewed at the top of the list where as Historically Black Colleges and Universities is only a place to go when you have no where else to go. However to receive admission into any type of these universities one must take the Scholastic Achievement Test or the Assessment College Testing. Each of these tests, test one's ability from Math, English and Verbal. Although there is not just one version of the test and every student who applies to college is required to take this test there is a lot of controversy on whether or not the test is racially biased.

Many people feel as though African Americans are not the best test takers and when are forced to take a test with the results being the determining factor of where they go to college is very stressful. Not only is the situation stressful it is also nerve racking. Most of the African American population fail to uphold the average of a good score on the standardize tests and therefore fall short of the requirements to gain admission into a well reputed school. So if one does not get into one of the Ivy League Schools or a State School, then the only other choices for an African American student to further their education is either at a HBCU or a community college. HBCU's...