The College Board, which owns the SAT, blundered big-time when it agreed to give a special sitting of the high-stakes college entrance exam in August to a group of a few dozen students who will attend a pricey SAT-prep course at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Fortunately, it had a chance to erase this particular wrong choice — and it did.
A Times editorial lambasted the College Board last week for providing this advantage to well-heeled students — the prep course, which also includes campus tours, costs $4,500 for three weeks — especially considering that the original intent of the SAT was to equalize the college admissions process. (Many students would prefer to take the SAT during the summer, when the prep classes tend to be offered and when school isn’t in session, with its own demands on their time.)
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