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    OK, I have some American friends who are getting ready to take there SATs next year, and I have just taken my GCSEs and am starting AS levels in September. These exams are very important in university applications in both countries (i.e. SATs for US, A-levels for UK) and I was wondering how people think they compare, and which exams they think are the best judge of students abilities.
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    SATs is a multiple question examination right?
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    (Original post by maze.e)
    SATs is a multiple question examination right?
    Yep
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    SATs are multiple choice and therefore not really a measure of intelligence
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    Is there any way of seeing an SAT paper online (like out past papers) I'd be interested to see what they are tested on and what the questions are like.
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    If the SATs are multiple choice, I don't really see how they test intelligence. You could just guess, be extremely lucky and still do well despite not really being clever at all. Although GCSEs and A-levels test memory, they test intelligence as well.
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    i say any exam is just a waste of time ( in general ) because some people get nervous and scared when they are in the exam, which decreases the function of his mind, while others dont even care,,, so the EXAM is not a good way to test the person! there must be a better way!
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    SATs are depressing. I looked at some of the maths questions, and well, to be honest, they wouldn't look out of place on a year 9 sat paper over here. But I'm not sure A levels test ability effectively either - so much of it is knowledge based.
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    SATs are disgustingly easy.

    I think A-levels are a good measure of ability. Depending on the A-level, they have a good mix of requiring simple ability and requiring work. Remember- testing knowledge is testing your ability to learn- just because its knowledge based doesn't mean its not a measure of potential. Try telling a top lawyer they don't need to be able to retain huge amounts of information over a short time period.
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    SATS are like CATS we have here. non/non-non verbal reasoning + mathematics.

    then you have the subject exams, so you can do a more advanced maths SAT or one in history or something
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    SAT Is are relatively straightforward; however, bear in mind that the top Ivy League universities also use SAT IIs in three chosen subjects in conjunction with the SAT I score to select.
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    I think an ALevel assessed on both Coursework and Exams is a good way to test ability.
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    hey what exams do u have to pass in the states to get a GED?
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    Uni exams are the best.
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    I don't think that any exams I have taken so far (SATs, GCSEs, AS and A levels) truly reflect people's ability. I just don't think that exams are very accurate tests. A couple of hours at the most trying to judge how much of the whole syllabus you have understood doesn't really do it.

    And as for coursework - I got a low D in English Language AS level coursework, but a strong A in my A level coursework a year later. I didn't find it much more difficult and put in the same amount of effort so I don't really see how that's accurate.

    So basically I don't think that there is a particularly accurate way of measuring somebody's ability unless you did a longitudinal study, across the whole of the syllabus, which obviously isn't practical.

    I also think that these days a lot of teachers teach pupils how to pass the exams rather than a good understanding of the subject and therefore there is another massive reason for them not really reflecting people's true potential/ability.

    Sorry that was so long!
 
 
 

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