Friday, April 17, 2009

Studying for the SAT helps!

Thanks to Mark Lee for this article.
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Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., which is one of more than 800 universities that do not require applicants to take the SAT, is hosting a two-day conference beginning today titled "Rethinking Admissions."

Among the highlights will surely be its concluding panel, on Thursday afternoon, in which Jeffrey Brenzel, dean of admissions at Yale and a critic of the handicapping of colleges by magazines and guidebooks, is set to square off against Robert Morse, the director of data research for the influential (and controversial) U.S. News and World Report college rankings.

Already this morning, a research study was presented that bears further examination. It is titled "The Myth of Meritocracy: SAT Preparation, College Enrollment, Class and Race in the U.S.," by Claudia Buchmann of Ohio State University. Among its findings: that all types of test preparation efforts result in higher scores, and that the most expensive — including private classes and private tutors — yield the largest gains. The study, which suggests yet another way wealthier applicants may gain an edge in the admissions process, was based, in part, on a nationally representative sample of eighth graders who were re-surveyed every two years thereafter, through high school graduation and beyond.

You can look at the slides from the Buchmann presentation here, and then follow some of the play-by-play from the conference in a running blog that conference organizers have established here.

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