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"And also students that have the means may get some tutoring or test prep and students who don't have the means don't have that opportunity, said Schmidt" .... Eliminating the SAT's is just another example of how our society is dumbing itself down. I was valedictorian of my high school class, from a very lower-middle class home. Neither of my parents were college educated. By the time I was in 7th grade, my howework was already too difficult for my parents to help me. I knew that education was my "way up" in society. I didn't score particularly well on the SAT, but my score, combined with my volunteer work and GPA landed me a spot at a well-respected public university. As a prepared for grad school (10 years after undergrad), I bought several prep books and spend countless hours reading them and studying for the GMAT. I didn't have the cash to pay $500-$1000 on a prep course. I scored in the 93rd percentile on the GMAT. We need to quit dumbing down our society and expecting less from children, especially those from middle and lower income households. After graduation, no one is going to give breaks to anyone based on their socioeconomic status.
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