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[Susan notes: Champion letter writer Walt Gardner does it again, using information, logic, brevity, and good sense to make a strong case.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "New-SAT Takers: Confused Yet?" (Jan. 30):

If so much were not riding on the outcome, the amount of time, effort, worry and money expended on preparing for the new SAT would be laughable.

That's because despite the expansion of the three-hour travail by 45 minutes to include a writing section, the new SAT cannot deviate dramatically from its predecessor. The essence of standardized tests demands regularity and predictability in order for comparisons to be made.

As a result, students and their parents can relax, resting assured that the new version of America's college gatekeeper will be as useless a predictor of overall performance in the next four years as it has in the past.

Walt Gardner

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