Will the SAT Drop Out?The SAT is being put to the test. University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). President Richard Atkinson wants to scrap the SAT I, the college aptitude test ap·ti·tude test
An occupation-oriented test for evaluating intelligence, achievement, and interest. , as well as the alternative ACT, as admission requirements for the state university system, the country's largest. He favors a holistic approach holistic approach A term used in alternative health for a philosophical approach to health care, in which the entire Pt is evaluated and treated. See Alternative medicine, Holistic medicine. to determine the best students, not just the best test-takers. "America's overemphasis o·ver·em·pha·size
tr. & intr.v. o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing, o·ver·em·pha·siz·es
To place too much emphasis on or employ too much emphasis. on the SAT is compromising our educational system," Atkinson says.
With nearly 90 percent of four-year colleges using the SAT, defenders say the test is a valuable standard when high school grades don't always mean the same thing from school to school. If the proposal is approved, it could go into effect in 2003. But keep sharpening the No. 2's--most colleges say they'll stick with the SAT.