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Selecting undergraduate students: what can the UK learn from the American SAT?

West, Anne and Gibbs, Rebecca (2004) Selecting undergraduate students: what can the UK learn from the American SAT? Higher Education Quarterly, 58 (1). pp. 63-67. ISSN 0951-5224

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2273.2004.00260.x


This short paper explores the contribution or otherwise that could be made by using a test akin to the American Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT to select students for undergraduate degrees in the UK. It examines the political context to the debate about the potential value of such a test, before outlining how SAT results in America vary along dimensions related to social background and how American universities have adapted their admissions procedures in response to these differences. From the research examined it cannot be assumed that the introduction of a test such as the SAT would be any more equitable then the current use of public examinations in England. It is suggested that profiling students along the lines used by some American universities may assist with making access ‘fairer’.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:36

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