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Logical Fallacy Blog: Standardized Test

Straw Man: 

From the ACT to the SAT, standardized tests are used for almost every college.  They are used to prove to colleges that students have a wide range of knowledge. Students who fail them or do not score as high are not good enough to be in the upper level universities.  Each standardized test uses data to test each student in a fair and in the same way. They use logic and reasoning, the subjects that are important in life, to show where the talent is. 

Hasty Generalization: 

Standardized Tests are a way to prove a students academic worth. Standardized tests are inclusive and non-discriminatory because they ensure content is equivalent for all students. The Universities believe this is the one way to prove intelligence. The SAT and ACT are used by universities to check their students for their strengths. All standardized tests must be able to check the same knowledge.  By using reasoning and logic, they test subjects that are useful in society, and show where the talent is. 


 93% of studies on student testing, including the use of large-scale and high-stakes standardized tests, found a “positive effect” on student achievement. Every school district uses standardized test, they cleary work. They are used to show signs of intelligence. They are also used to show the weaknesses and strengths in the school. The larger ones like SAT and ACT are used at pretty much every University, meaning they are important. If these higher universities are using them to check their students, then they must be the best way to test knowledge. All students must learn to accept these tests.


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