Colleges feel the same way. They want to teach young people at their level in every subject all the time. Unfortunately, they can't determine "at their level" based on SAT scores or transcripts. With so many public and private schools having their own standards and sequences, kids with the same-looking transcripts can have widely varying skills. Some kids come to college with stellar records but lack-luster preparation in reading, writing, math, etc.
The placement tests are a good initiative on the part of academic institutions. I have attended those that had them and those that did not, and the difference justifies the existence of placement tests / SAT or ACT substitutions.
Just of the top of my head, I can say that the students that either went through non-credit courses, as a result of failing the placement test, have done much better than those who were ill prepared and allowed to take the credited course from the start.
This was when my university initially started the placement tests, and after some time, canceling the tests and courses. No hard science behind it, but in all, I can confidently say that those who are well prepared will have a much better chance of making to graduation.
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