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Does the ACT Predict College Success?

By June 21, 2011

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Today Inside Higher Ed published a nice overview of a new study that questions the ability of the ACT to predict college success. The study suggests that the science and reading sections of the ACT do not help predict how well a student will do in college. Check out the Inside Higher Ed article by Scott Jaschik: ACT's Validity Questioned.

The study will provide one more piece of evidence in the argument against giving standardized testing such a central role in the college admissions process. Critics have long contended that a strong academic record is a far better predictor of college success than SAT or ACT scores. It's a large reason why the number of test-optional colleges keeps growing.

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