Maybe the SAT Isn’t So Bad After All

by George Leef

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I discuss the recent book by Howard Wainer, Uneducated Guesses — specifically his finding that when colleges make it optional for students to report SAT scores, the students who don’t report them tend to be academically weaker ones. Those who oppose the SAT (either in total or who are content just to make it optional) argue that it doesn’t provide any useful information to the admissions people. I don’t think that argument stands up.