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None of the above : the truth behind the SATs
Owen, David, 1955-
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Revised and updated.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [1999]

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xix, 325 pages ; 24 cm.
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Central Library LB2353.57 .O94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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David Owen first exposed the often biased, unscientific, and secretive manufacturing of the SAT in 1985. This updated and revised text demystifies the development of the SAT and offers practical strategies on how to beat the test.

Author Notes

David Owen is on the staffs of both The New Yorker and Golf Digest. A frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, and the author of nine previous books, he lives in Washington, Connecticut.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

None of the Above is the book for someone looking for a companion to James Crouse and Dale Trusheim's The Case against the SAT (1988). None of the Above is a revision of a 1985 work by the same title, for which Doerr joins Owen. It is true to the original as both the criticism and the humor remain. The book is immensely readable, but in examining the conclusions one must be aware of the authors' intent. Doerr describes herself as an "unabashed critic of standardized tests." She indicates that a major source of her material was the Fair Test organization, a group committed to opposing the use of standardized tests. The book provides interesting insights into the inner workings of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and the authors are lavish in their criticism of the reach and influence of the ETS generally, and the use of the SAT in particular. Since the fundamental justification for the SAT is its predictive validity, one might have hoped for a more extensive treatment of that issue. The authors prefer to critique multiple-choice test items and provide examples of confusing items from several ETS tests. Recommended at all levels. D. E. Tanner; California State University, Fresno

Table of Contents

David OwenMarilyn DoerrJames FallowsJoe L. Kincheloe
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Series Editor's Forewordp. xvii
Introduction: High Anxietyp. 1
1. The Kettle Defensep. 11
2. Holistic Gradingp. 27
3. Multiple Guessp. 41
4. Numbersp. 65
5. Tempting the Medicine Freaksp. 81
6. Coachingp. 91
7. Beating the Testp. 111
8. Test Securityp. 137
9. The Cult of Mental Measurementp. 173
10. Brainsp. 193
11. Mythologyp. 229
12. Testing and Teachersp. 239
13. Testing and Society: What Can Be Done?p. 255
Appendix A A Poisoned Questionp. 277
Appendix B Illegal Test Usep. 281
Appendix C College Listp. 285
Notesp. 293
Indexp. 315
About the Authorsp. 325

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