schools and standardized testing

Allison Marles apm at
Wed Dec 22 13:07:40 EST 2004

On Tue, Dec 21, 2004 at 07:32:42PM -0500, HSchinske at wrote:
> Of course not *all* the bright people have high SAT scores, only a subset of 
> them with a particular *sort* of smarts. Same with any criterion, really -- 
> high scores always mean more than low scores. (Mediocre scores don't necessarily 
> keep you out, either, if your grades are good -- I can certainly think of 
> people I went to school with who got into quite tough colleges, like Smith, with 
> not-so-great scores.)

What counts as not-so-great ?  I was offered a place at Smith and my
score was 1490 (IIRC) ... since I ended up choosing to go to school in
Canada, I never really had a sense of how this score was "really"

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