Institutional Voodoo

This research topic submitted by Dan Mess ( on 3/18/98.

Great topic. In addition to your proposed SAT "problem areas" , perhaps you could look at the apparent randomness of performing well on this type of test -- Many people who do little to nothing in classes can often take the SAT's and score considerably higher than a student who does well in school and is active in the academic community. Also , time constraints and even your mood can contribute to your "success" on the test.To support your bias claim , many African American people I know have said they feel some of the test questions are really race-biased. Maybe you could ask certain minority students about this.

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