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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1976)
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By Anita Stork '
The addition of a writing test to the College Entrance
Examination Board's (CEEB) Achievement Test has been
suggested by several Ivy Lague college deans, according
to Albert Sims, vice-president of the New Jersey-based
In response, CEEB has proposed four essay tests to be
considered by board members and teachers at six regional
meetings, Sims said. The first meeting was during January
in San Diego and the others will be in February, he said.
"Hie four proposals are:
-A 20-minute one-topic essay and a 40-minute objec
tive test. The essay would be graded by teachers who will
be specially trained in uruTormly grading tests.
Replacing the objective test with a 60-minute essay
examination covering two or three topics. Grading would
be done by the specially trained teachers. ,
-A writing "sample!1 with students writing for an hour
on several topics. Instead of CEEB grading the essays,
colleges would get them for inspection and use.
-CEEB would give 6 to 8 essay topics to high school
English Depts. so students could write in class through
out the year. Teachers would grade the tests and forward
them to the board for additional corrections and
comments. Eventually the essays would be returned to the
At the regional meetings, specific recommendations on
the proposals will not be made, Sims said. Instead, they
ffood be the music of love
eat on and on and on. . 1
By Lynn Roberts
There's no doubt
about it-ours is a country that
Whether your food budget allows you to live high on
the hog or doesn't amount to a hill of beans, one thing is
certain-whatever you can afford certainly will add to the
spice of life.
It doesn't matter if you are bananas over eating or hog
wild over cooking, your contribution can put the frosting
on the cake for some special occasion. 1 ;
The next time you're out making hay while the cook is
in the kitchen, remember to try a little buttering up-and
see what a honey of a meal it can get you. ' :
And although eating usually is considered the fun part,
cooking can be a real piece of cake if you learn to let
. yourself go in the kitchen.
Some who tiy their hand at culinary delights for the
first time turn out to be as slow as molasses, while others
come away from the heat of the stove looking as cool as a
' If you're a novice and your first attempt at the stove
turns into a real melon, don't despair. With a little exper
ience you'll be hamming it up with the rest of the pros.
Remember to keep your wits about you if you get into
a real pickle. If you dont turn chicken, most mistakes can
be remedied by beefing up your act a little.
Although even the best of cover ups will not remedy
some situations (the smell of a rotton egg is'pretty hard to
cover), most of us can learn to fudge our way through any
If all else fails, and you've got the bread, mere's noth
ing wrong with making a hasty exit to the nearest
'restaurant. ; . . a
The most important thing to remember is it is not what
you eat or where you eat, biit who you eat it with.
With Valentine's Day coming up, why not treat your
sweetie to something edible that will make you the apple
of her eye. ,
Just remember to pick the right person. You wouldn't
want to spent the sweetest day of the year with a real
will be discussed and questionnaires on the proposals com
peted, he added. .
; Sims said the first proposal is the most likely to be
- "The board will make the final decision in September
11976," Sims said. "The earliest possible date for imple
mentation of the essay is the 1977-78 school year.
Sims said essay tests were a part of achievement tests
until 1971, but were discontinued "for financial reasons.'
"Our finances are better now, Sims said. "We've im
proved our management skills."
Money comes from fees paid by students taking the
test, Sims explained. Achievement tests cost $1 1 to take
and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) cost $6 .50.
". Sims said the fee students pay to take the achievement
. test probably will increase if the essay tests are added be
cause the essays are graded by hand, not computer.
The cost might be met by spreading costs over the en
tire admissions testing program (including SAT and
achievement tests) by the students taking the achieve
ment tests, Sims s&id. v ; ; ..'V
"We see a growing need for a writing skills test,' Sims
said. "Teachers tell us writing is not emphasized in high
school, especially because it is not included in the college
' admission tests. . '
If essays prove to be successful, colleges may ask that
written sections be added to the SAT exarn Sims said.
ACT, not SAT, used
The possibility of adding a written essay to the
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and achievement test
means little to UNL because the examination used as the
university's basis for admission is the American College
Test (ACT), according to Admissions Director Al Papik.
"We accept SAT scores, but Regents Scholarships are
determined now from ACT scores," Papik said. "This is
the second year UNL has given Regents Scholarships from
"Prior to that we used the SAT for resident scholar
ships and admission," he said. "Non-residents need SAT
scores and achievement tests for'admission."
UNL switched from SAT because "the services ACT
offered were better," Papik said. ACT gives a more
complete composite of the student by showing his
interests and strong points, he said.
"Surveys show that students in this area (Midwest)
generally score higher on ACT rather than SAT tests..
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