Close to a decade has passed since New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow tallied a ridiculously low score of 890 on the SAT exam, but he still gets mocked for it by fans on internet message boards and online forums.
It’s time to set matters straight.
First of all, most high school students take the SAT exam in their junior or senior years. Tebow, on the other hand, took the test in his freshman year of high school.
Essentially, that means most students from the high school Class of 2005 had two more years of learning under their belt than Tebow had, before taking the test. Additionally, Tebow also maintained a 3.5 GPA in high school, so that shows he was a bright student.
Secondly, a little known fact is that Tebow suffers from dyslexia. This disability, which impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read, makes standardized testing extremely difficult.
It’s unclear which specific symptoms of dyslexia suffers from, but difficulty with critical reading is a classic sign. Some dyslexic people add letters to words when reading or see letters in reverse, which makes standardized test-taking an absolute nightmare.
The SAT board allows dyslexic students extra time to take the test, but it’s still a major challenge. Imagine taking the most difficult exam of your life, which could very well determine which college you get into, and not have the ability to see letters properly in the critical reading section.
Tebow confirmed that he had early struggles with reading, an obstacle he later learned to overcome.
“I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was a little boy, and so finding ways to overcome that, and finding ways to really enjoy reading and finding ways that I can process things — because it has nothing to do with your intelligence, it just has to do with how you process things — for me books like Green Eggs And Ham really helped me to overcome those obstacles,” he said.
Additionally, Tebow was home-schooled. Perhaps the information taught to him by his parents was displayed in a slightly different light than the way it would have been shown if he had gone to public or private schools.
Tebow clearly received a quality education from his parents, as he graduated with honors in 2009 from Florida University with a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Services.
Perhaps what Tebow’s situation proves is that the SAT is not a great measure of intelligence or academic potential.
The exam seems to measure a student’s ability to understand and summarize key concepts. It also measures one’s ability to make inferences and compare arguments from sophisticated reading passages. Tebow’s dyslexia, home schooling and decision to take the test as a high school freshman seemed to each be key factors in his struggle with the test, but it’s not an indication of a lack of intelligence.
Tebow clearly turned out just fine, as he’s a well-oiled marketing machine who can do no wrong. He handles the media with the precision of a highly-training politician, and millions of fans around the world view him as a perfect gentleman.
People need to forget about Tebow’s 890 SAT exam, as it was a clear anomaly from his otherwise stellar achievements in education.
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