The SAT and other standardized tests seem to be going out of style, even as celebrities and wealthy parents are being caught paying ringers to take them for their children. Critics say the tests are biased, unfair, too coachable, and irrelevant to success at college or in the rest of life. And more and more academic institutions are making them optional or eliminating them from the admissions process altogether. Are these criticisms and decisions justified? This class will explain what standardized tests are, what they are not, and discuss the surprising pros and cons of using them to make high-stakes decisions about who gets into college.