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None of the Above; The Truth behind the SATs
     

None of the Above; The Truth behind the SATs

by David Owen, Joe L. Kincheloe (Foreword by), Marilyn Doerr (With)
 

Each year millions of high school junior and seniors across the country, armed with standard issue No. 2 pencils and in various states of battle-readiness, face one of life’s most gut-wrenching rites of passage: the SAT. Award-winning journalist David Owen first exposed the often biased, unscientific, and secretive manufacturing, grading, and distribution

Overview

Each year millions of high school junior and seniors across the country, armed with standard issue No. 2 pencils and in various states of battle-readiness, face one of life’s most gut-wrenching rites of passage: the SAT. Award-winning journalist David Owen first exposed the often biased, unscientific, and secretive manufacturing, grading, and distribution of this much-dreaded test by its creator, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), in 1985’s widely acclaimed None of the Above: Behind the Myth of Scholastic Aptitude. Part devastating expose, part savvy test guide, this bestselling book demystified the development of the SAT and offered many practical strategies on how to beat the test. Now, fifteen years later, Owen’s book, completely revised and updated by educator Marilyn Doerr and with a new preface by the author, is more relevant than ever for students, their parents, and those who believe in the importance of educational opportunity for all. Praise for the First Edition: Owen’s intelligent, peppery style makes the confusing jargon of statistics and educational theory understandable, something ETS has striven hard to avoid.—Stevenson Swanson, Chicago Tribune This book should be read—with guffaws—by any educator who ever cringed before an SAT score.—Virginia Robinson, Education Times The reader will appreciate this book, among other reasons, for the excellent advice it offers on beating the tests.—Publishers Weekly An angry book (though often a very funny one), and with good reason: the SAT is a scam. —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Editorial Reviews

U.S. News & World Report
America's story in the years since this book appeared is largely the story of an upper tier of Americans whose opportunities and tribulations are separating from those of the average citizen. The SATs remain an important part of the support structure for that tier. David Owen's description of them is as wickedly funny as it was in 1985, and even more important.
— Jim Fallows
U.S. News and World Report
America's story in the years since this book appeared is largely the story of an upper tier of Americans whose opportunities and tribulations are separating from those of the average citizen. The SATs remain an important part of the support structure for that tier. David Owen's description of them is as wickedly funny as it was in 1985, and even more important.
— Jim Fallows
CHOICE
The book is immensely readable. Recommended at all levels.
Choice
The book is immensely readable. Recommended at all levels.
John Katzman
None of the Above is the best book ever written about the SAT. It's well-researched, accurate, and appropriately scathing. At the same time, though, it's funny, well-written, and a very easy read. Every student, parent, and admissions professional should read it before discussing college admissions.
U.S. News and World Report - Jim Fallows
America's story in the years since this book appeared is largely the story of an upper tier of Americans whose opportunities and tribulations are separating from those of the average citizen. The SATs remain an important part of the support structure for that tier. David Owen's description of them is as wickedly funny as it was in 1985, and even more important.
Jeannie Oakes
It may take even longer for corporate test manufactures to meet their comeuppance than it takes for cigarette and handgun manufacturers to meet theirs. But when it happens, we will thank the authors for this update of our outrage."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847695072
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Culture and Education Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

David Owen is an award-winning journalist and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He lives in Washington, CT. Marilyn Doerr teaches science and math at the University School in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in Novelty, Ohio.

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