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Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Johnrylelawsoniii - Goodreads

Like most books that try to be current, this book doesn't look quite as good as it did when it came out. But its main point still has traction. The SAT and its precursors were intended to keep elites ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Caroline Hendrie - Goodreads

I've read lots of books on education and its role in society, but this was one of the best. It came out 15 years ago but is more relevant today than ever. That's especially true following the College ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - James - Goodreads

This is most certainly the worst book I've read this year. The narrative is scattered and unconvincing. It's really not worth writing much about. Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Dea Conrad-curry - Goodreads

This book was historically intriguing. Whatever negative thoughts you may have had about standardized tests are true. They were initially designed to limit who could attend Ivy League schools. ACT ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - JC - Goodreads

This is a stellar history of the development of gatekeeper educational testing in the US. Lemann presents with great clarity the facts behind a major factor, used by elite universities, of sifting ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Frank Frag - Goodreads

This is an excellent account of how the American education system became reliant on the SAT, insofar as it goes. Although Lemann gives a fairly accurate picture of the many inroads and crossroads that ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Butch Hamilton - Goodreads

If you are in education, this is a must read. Testing is not only a buzzword, but a way of everyday life. While it is important and a factor in education, it has become too much of an important factor ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Clif - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book for the history of the Educational Testing Service, the makers of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) it provides and the wonderful account of the experience of well meaning people ... Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Sarah Hagan - Goodreads

Extremely indepth look at the American meritocracy. This book really gave me a lot to think about. I did have some trouble keeping up with all the people involved, though. Read full review

Review: The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

User Review  - Tj Thomas - Goodreads

I really like the exploration of meritocracy in America, but the history at times seemed too scattered (with too many details) and the accuracy of it, other than the big picture, is questionable. Read full review


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