April 15, 2009
by Kim McGrath
Another panelist, Nathan Kuncel, from the University of Minnesota, suggested that SAT tests do correlate with success and that even small statistical relationships make a difference in finding good students. His findings stated that SAT tests do offer measurements that can predict success. Among other findings he presented, one listed ways that admissions counselors can be influenced by racial or ethnic bias, candidate attractiveness, gender bias, clothes, and even applicant scent. This means the SAT offers a way to assess applicants impartially. Highly structured admissions interviews could solve some of the problem; however, this approach also makes it easier to coach students through the process. This panelist suggested that the SAT should not be dismissed as unimportant when considering students for admission.