Secrets of the SAT


Episode Info

Taking the SAT has become a rite of passage for most American teens since it's still a key component to gaining acceptance to America's top universities and colleges. This Frontline episode takes a look at how the SAT became such a prominent factor in higher education and at some of the challenges being made to the test today. Opponents question the test's fairness to all ethnic groups and whether it's right to give a test that wealthier children can often more adequately prepare for by taking courses designed solely to raise their SAT scores. The program follows a group of students from widely different backgrounds as they take the SAT and seek entrance into the schools of their dreams. Educators and others share their views and concerns about the major role the SAT continues to play in determining access to the best schools and career opportunities.