Author: Natalie Angier
A young relative of mine recently took the SAT and scored 1,300 out of 1,600. My family obviously has known her for years, but now we had a quantity by which we could really peg her to the board: she's pretty smart, but not flagrantly smart. A few months later, without the aid of a tutor or a Stanley Kaplan course, she took the SAT and scored 1,410. Phew! She's not just pretty smart, she's extremely smart.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test may be a wholly hominid invention, written by a small cabal of elders for untold throngs of youngers, but we treated it as though it offered cosmic truth. And when it presented two different versions of that truth, we did what any loving family would do, and called the first figure a liar.