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What is a standardized test? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of this methodology. How can educators utilize results of standardized tests?

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A standardized test is just that, standardized. It does not take into account each students specific needs or strengths or weaknesses. They are designed to hit the masses and are usually focused on a certain population. For example, the SAT is designed to assess what high school juniors/seniors know. The Praxis subject matter tests are designed to assess basic content knowledge of incoming teachers. The MCAT evaluates medical students.

Since there is no way of writing an assessment that can be used to judge every possible thing a student knows, outfits like the College Board and the Educational Testing Service have created these test as a framework for what they think a student in that particular position should know.

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This response describes what a standardized test is and the advantages and disadvantages of this particular type of assessment. 536 words.