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But outside analysts say the way the words are presented makes a difference. For instance, short sentence-completion questions, which tested logic and vocabulary, have been eliminated in favor of longer reading passages, from literary sources like “Ethan Frome” and “Moby-Dick,” or political ones, like John Locke’s ideas about consent of the governed. These contain sophisticated words and thoughts in sometimes ornate diction.
If you study Melville for example, you are supposed to find symbolism, nuances etc. that are not distilled down to one sentence.
College grades do this too. Students unprepared for college because they speak a different language at home or have not been exposed to a lot of reading simply do poorly. No it is not fair. Yes everyone deserves an education. But come on. If you have not been exposed to a lot of reading that is your fault and the fault of your parents. People brought up in a hovel in some isolated island can find reading material in the US. Colleges are and should be trying to enroll poor but prepared students. But they should not be enrolling students who have not been exposed to and can not tackle reading. Those students need to be in a remedial setting until they can.
Maybe it's just me, but maybe making sure that our college students are well read is a good thing lol..