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Podcast: How Much Does the SAT Matter?

Joshua Goodman, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University, discusses his SAT research, specifically regarding the timing of when students take the test and what it can mean for students who decide to retake the exam.

Goodman elaborates, “It does seem like retaking makes a big difference to kids, admissions-relevant SAT scores, and that, in turn, seems to get them into better colleges than they would have otherwise gotten into. And let me just say I think the fact that was so striking to us, the question we started out with, was that only about half of students who take the SAT retake it, and that struck us as really surprising.”

Listen to the podcast here.

This podcast is created and produced by higher education experts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn.  Selingo, a FutureEd senior fellow and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Horn is chief strategy officer for the Entangled Group, an education investment firm,  and a senior partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company.  Selingo and Horn can be contacted here. Future U is supported by the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, and by Entangled Solutions