The first time I took the SAT, my mom was ticked that I only got a “low A”. (FOB, fergetboutit.) I almost got an A+ the 2nd time, and she was ok with it. Also her friends yelled at her between my 1st and 2nd SATs. I only took the GRE once. Got an A+. By then she didn’t care. I never took a test prep class. All I did was to self-administer a couple of practice tests.
@EDaily Yep. Both sides are full of crap.
@wrappedupinbooks Ah, was everything else static in that state? The only thing that changed was the minimum wage? A thousand variables, it's dishonest to attribute a change (or lack of change) in outcome to just one, unless you can say the other variables were constant or irrelevant. A more honest report might also ask what the unemployment rate might be had the minimum wage not gone up. You're driving a car and step on the gas pedal, but the car doesn't speed up. The gas pedal doesn't affect speed, or are you traveling uphill?
There are probably a million things that affect the employment rate. It's pretty deceptive to single out just one--the minimum wage--and make claims one way or the other without lots of qualifications. How is this different from the ads that say "You can eat what you want and still lose weight?" Unsaid is that, sure you can, so long as you're running a daily marathon too.
I don't know why the NYT article mentions California at all. Proposition 13 in CA limits property tax to only go up by at most 2% a year, and this increase is a function of inflation and not of increase in value of the underlying property. And Richmond, CA, using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages has nothing to do with gentrification. If anything, gentrification helps homeowners with underwater mortgages because it increases the value of the underlying property.
I've been to 9 on the list. Gary Danko is great, most are pretty good, and one was mediocre.
@rhinoceranita Some jobs can be pretty stressful. If you can't handle the stress of taking a standardized test, then there are jobs that are probably wrong for you.
@garli Quoth Wikipedia: "Frey and Detterman (2004) reported a correlation of 0.82 between g (general intelligence factor) and SAT scores..." In any case, the study quoted in the WP article doesn't control for differences in colleges, majors, and courses. What does it actually mean when some random school that doesn't require SAT has the same GPA or graduation rate as some other random school that does? Does it mean the two schools or the two student bodies are the same? Probably not.
Well, it's illegal to give candidates IQ tests. So it was a matter of time before companies asked for SAT scores, since the two are somewhat correlated. What Google found out is that small differences in IQ are meaningless, and they have access to proxies to SAT scores that work better.