Center on Feb. 13.You can only imagine my joy in sitting within shouting distance of Ra heed Wallace ' 97 during the game. I believe that Rasheed was there with Detroit Piston teammate Richard Hamil- ton, a former standout at the University of Connecticut. Rasheed is pictured helping Richard Hamilton (who is identified incorrectly as Richard Washington) near the end of Beth McNichol's informative and entertaining article in the Carolina Alumni Review (Marchi April issue). Eric Jackson ' 71 Collinsville, Conn.
When the SAT Fails
After reading your most recent cover
story, " What It Takes" (Marchi April issue),
I feel compelled to forward to you a letter
to the editor that I sent to The Economist
regarding their recent article,"In praise of
It is because ofONC's acceptance of me
as a junior transfer, and my incredibly rich
experiences as a student there, that I con-
tinue to remain connected each year. To
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whomever had the foresight to say yes to my
application in 1975, I am forever thankful.
To The Economist: In your article "In
praise ofaptitude tests," you failed to note
one criticism of the SATs, or any other apti-
tude test: Sometimes they produce a com-
pletely wrong assessment of a person's aca-
denuc capabilities. In the early 1970s, I took
the SATs in preparation for college. In high
school I was always on the honor roll and
was the president of our school's honor
society. I was shocked when my scores
came in. According to these, I might not
even be college material. I took the test
again at the earliest opportunity. To my dis-
may, the total score came back exactly the
same. There was another curious result.
Where, on the first test, my math and ver-
bal scores had been far apart with math
taking the strong lead, on the second test,
these scores nearly exactly switched, with
verbal taking the strong lead.
Fortunately, the SAT scores were not
the primary means ofscreening students
for college admissions. The University of
North Carolina was keen enough to look
past my horrific scores and judge the fi.ill
breadth ofmy academic and other records.
I went on to secure two master's degrees
and a host of other academic achievements,
culminating in an MBA with a grade point
average of 3. 9 on a 4.0 scale.
With aptitude test scores playing such
big roles in decisions that are pivotal to
one's academic and work career these days,
I can't help but wonder what unfortunate
test-takers like me are experiencing and
what promising talent is being wasted.
Janet Ruggles Lentz ' 77
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