From Iq to the Sat and its Impact on African Americans: Promise for the Sat-optional movement

Open Access
Blackman, Horatio Walton
Graduate Program:
Educational Theory and Policy
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
Committee Members:
  • Mindy L Kornhaber, Thesis Advisor
  • Katerina Bodovski, Thesis Advisor
  • IQ
  • SAT
  • race
  • African-American
  • higher education
  • access
  • optional
This work traces the rise of the SAT, from IQ testing to the tests’ prominence in college admissions. Issues concerning the gap in SAT scores and the subsequent barrier to access to higher education for African-American students are also considered. This thesis highlights an increasingly used policy, that of SAT-optional admissions, at many of our nation’s institutions of higher education. The basis for the policy being employed is the persistent score-gap on the SAT between minority students and their white peers.