SAT Test Under Fire

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A push to drop the SAT as a University of California admissions requirement gained momentum Wednesday when a faculty committee proposed developing new entry exams.

The UC Board of Regents has the final say, and it could be months before the issue comes up for a vote. Because the 170,000-student UC system is the largest user of the SAT, its decision could reverberate nationally.

A year ago, UC President Richard C. Atkinson asked faculty to consider new entry exams. He said overemphasis on the SAT was distorting educational priorities, and noted that the test has been criticized as unfair to some groups.

The verbal and math test is taken by about 2 million high school students nationally each year.

On Wednesday, the faculty committee outlined new proposed testing standards and said no current test meets them. The committee recommended developing a test based on what is taught in California schools.

Chiara Coletti, vice president for public affairs for the College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the SAT, said the board is willing to work with the UC on drafting a new test. But she defended the SAT.

"We have enormous faith in it and so do the vast majority of our members," she said.

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