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The CB's concordance table has inspired some interesting observations by veteran College Confidential forum posters. Here's a sampling from the thread I referenced above:
- Here's a shocking idea: Why not simply get rid of these arbitrary scales and simply report percentiles? Or will transparency damage the self-esteem of students?
- Any scaling scheme that:
- has arbitrary numbers at the endpoints (i.e. 400-1600)
- grants 400 points for just showing up and having a pulse
- requires you to look up your score on a table to figure out percentile ranking
is not transparent.
- I just downloaded this app and put in my S's old SAT score. It showed the exact same score that he made on his PSAT. That is crazy!!
- How can we cut our nation's kids free from the control of the College Board?
- [Why put the new SAT in such a favorable light?] To make the students taking the New SAT feel smarter. And suckered into taking more SATs.
- I don't understand this ridiculous scaled scoring. Is the college board attempting to make students believe they're scoring higher in hindsight than they actually are? ...
- What is most bizarre and RIDICULOUS is that a perfect 800 on CR/writing on the new SAT = a 34 English Writing score on the ACT. That is unreal.
- It's certainly making my head spin. What is the benefit of inflating the score? ...
- Here is a link to score converters: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/understanding-scores/sat-score-converter
Confusing, eh? I sure wish I'd saved my old Dick Tracy Decoder Ring!
- ... students are accused of being soulless, grade-grubbing, academic robots, and schoolsl pass them up for students who "pursued their passion." This whole selective school admissions process is BS.
Getting the picture? CB/ETS continues to maneuver their products for obfuscated reasons, although the cynical among us who choose to "follow the money" surmise that the main reason is profit. That's ironic for such a longtime nonprofit.
Again, as I note above, this is merely my opinionated rant. It's entirely possible that the ACT marketing team is meeting even as I write this and are concocting their own insidious plan to foist upon unsuspecting high schoolers across the land. I have no idea.
The problem is that we have allowed, for whatever reason, a tiny number of more or less self-appointed mavens of adjudication to position themselves in seemingly unremovable power. They wield tremendous influence that directly affects the lives of countless young people who must submit to their oppression of their implied rules.
Here's to an ever-growing list of test-optional colleges and universities that are willing to evaluate applicants on criteria that do not include the sliding scales of changing measurement tools. Yes, CB/ETS, I'm talking about your SAT and its trail of tears over the years. I may also be talking about the ACT, but at least they have not (yet) shown themselves to be the arbitrary marketers that CB/ETS have become.
To paraphrase a late tennis buddy of mine, what good is a conundrum unless you can profit from it?
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