Is the SAT creating a generation of bad writers?

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Next week, hundreds of thousands of students, armed with number two pencils will sit down to take the SAT. An important section of the college entrance test is the essay portion. And students have just 25 minutes to write it.

Anne Ruggles Gere, who oversees the writing program at the University of Michigan, is not a fan of the essay section. She says that high schools now teach to the test and as a result encourage a generation of bad writers. We spoke with Professor Gere, who was in the studios of WUOM in Ann Arbor, and we asked her how the SAT encourages sloppy prose.

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