New study sees high school grades as a far better predictor
than SAT scores, but notes large gap in ability to predict

[My own experiences in this domain began in a school where my English teacher was chair of the verbal section of the SATs and my math teacher a member of the math committee. Each gave us a short course in taking the exams. We did well. My English teacher’s honors class scored about a half dozen in the top 10 scores nationally. Later I profited greatly from this training. I participated in a practice GRE test in our sophomore college year (that much closer to the old stuff for which we had been crammed). We all did well — generally in the top 1-2%. Such was most helpful with graduate school applications. The bottom line here is that one can be prepped for such exams — and what an injustice to those who are not! Dewey had it right — we all have our own particular types of genius. But his rat studies replacement at Columbia, Edward Thorndike, steered us into the testing maze:

Good for rats, but not for humans.

Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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