The writing section added to the SAT has done very little to improve the exam's overall ability to predict how students will do in college, according to research released June 17 by the test's owner.


Critics of the SAT seized on the College Board's findings, which came three years after the revamped, nearly four-hour exam made its debut.


"After all their ballyhoo about how the new test was going to be a better tool for college admissions, it's not," said Robert Schaeffer, director of the group FairTest. "It's longer and more expensive. That's all you can say about it."


The College Board defended

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