This test is unfair: Urban African American and Latino high school students' perceptions of standardized college admission tests

Mary Beth Walpole, Patricia M. McDonough, Constance J. Bauer, Carolyn Gibson, Kamau Kanyi, Rita Toliver

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the perceptions of, knowledge regarding, and preparation for standardized college admissions exams of 227 urban African American and Latino high school students. Findings include the students' lack of information about the test and their reliance on their relatively uninformed and unavailable school officials for information, preparation strategies, strategies for achieving high scores, stress level due to the necessity of high test scores, and beliefs that the tests are an unfair obstacle. Students' knowledge of and strategies for preparing and taking the tests are conceptualized as cultural capital and habitus utilizing a Bourdieuian framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-349
Number of pages29
JournalUrban Education
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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