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A Post-SAT Future? UC Regents Considers Scrapping SAT / ACT Requirement

SAT test preparation books sit on a shelf at a bookstore.
SAT test preparation books sit on a shelf at a bookstore.
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For years, critics of standardized testing in the college admissions process have been arguing that the exams are problematic -- that they’re not an accurate predictor of a student’s success and that class, race and parents’ education are all unfair variables that influence how well a student does on SAT or ACT. 

Now, the UC regents are taking up the issue. As reported by the LA Times, they will likely decide by next year how the system will address the tests’ problems. Will it make the tests optional? Will it throw them out altogether? Or will there be some sort of replacement?

Some people have expressed concerns that without the SAT there will be no standardized way in which to compare students, as grading rigor varies from high school to high school. 

Larry Mantle sits down with two UC Regents, as well as an SAT critic to discuss the pros and cons of standardized testing, as well as the effects the UC’s decision would have nationally. 

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Eloy Ortiz Oakley, member of the UC Board of Regents and chancellor of California Community Colleges

George Kieffer, immediate past chair and a current member of the UC Board of Regents

Bob Schaeffer, public education director at the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts that advocates to reform testing practices