Funnily enough, I think the exact opposite. My unweighted GPA is around a 3.4, yet my ACT is a 31.
In my view (and it may be hard for you to see my point of view), GPA is mostly meaningless and standardized test scores are a much more accurate measurement of the ability of a student to perform in college.
GPA differs from school to school, from class to class. Different students may have different teachers or different district/state curriculum which may present varied difficulties and challenges for a student. How is it fair to measure students on GPA, when the process in earning that GPA varies from school to school?
When it comes to a standardized test, every student, whether they be from rural Oklahoma to urban New York, will be sitting down and taking the same test. They will be given the exact same opportunity and circumstances in which the test is administered and the test content is fair to each and every student.
In regard to the performance of a student in college, I think it is extremely fair to use a standardized test. When a student goes to college, they will be expected to perform at the same level, regardless of the difficulty of their high school curriculum.
There are some students who do have 4.0 GPA’s and yet struggle in college, simply because they are from schools that are academically underachieving and unrigorous. There are some students who have very poor GPA’s, yet have high test scores and perform great in college, because their high schools were very challenging, even if it led to lower GPA’s.
Well, then how else would they be able to compare applicants? Would it be fair to say Bob, a low GPA student at an extremely rigorous high school, is somehow inferior academically to Joe, a high GPA student at a high school where A’s are handed out freely? That would be completely unfair and absurd.
Standardized tests are the only way to fairly measure students to each other.