时代英语·高三 2014年5期

As a professor at a large American university, there is a phrase that I hear often from students: “Im only a 1050.” The unlucky students are speaking of the score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which is used to determine whether they will be admitted to the college or university of their choice, or even have a chance to get a higher education at all. The SAT score, whether it is 800,1100 or 1550, has becomes the focus at this time of their life.

It is obvious that if students value highly their test scores, then a great amount of their self-respect is put in the number. Students who perform poorly on the exam are left feeling that it is all over. The low test score, they think, will make it impossible for them to get into a good college. And without a degree from a prestigious university, they fear that many of lifes doors will remain forever closed.

According to a study done in the 1990s, the SAT is only a reliable indicator of a students future performance in most cases. Interestingly, it becomes much more accurate when it is set together with other indicators—like a students high school grades. Even if standardized tests like the SAT could show a students academic proficiency (学业水平), they will never be able to test things like confidence, efforts and willpower, and are unable to give us the full picture of a students potentialities (潜力). This is not to suggest that we should stop using SAT scores in our college admission process. The SAT is an excellent test in many ways, and the score is still a useful means of testing students. However, it should be only one of many methods used.

1. The purpose of the SAT is to test students ___ .

A. strong will B. academic ability

C. full potentialities D. confidence in school work

2. Students self-respect is influenced by their ___ .

A. scores in the SAT B. achievements in mathematics

C. job opportunities D. money spent on education

3. “A prestigious university” is most probably ___ .

A. a famous university B. a technical university

C. a traditional university D. an expensive university

4. This passage is mainly about ___ .

A. how to prepare for the SAT B. stress caused by the SAT

C. American higher education D. the SAT and its effects


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