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[Susan notes: A noted writer (and writing teacher) comments on the SAT reading test.]

Published in New York Times
03/08/2005

To the editor

Re "Strivers Sharpen Their No. 2's for a Different Test for College" (front page, March 4):



As a longtime (30 years) teacher of writing, I think that I can predict what will happen when high school students are confronted with instructions to write a serious essay in 25 minutes: the several glib ones will write something readable and competent. The others - perhaps more thoughtful - need at least a few minutes to collect and organize their thoughts and will fail to do a finished piece of work. The first group will score higher.



So much for testing the ability to write well.

Anne Bernays


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