All I can say about Maine's inkling to use the SAT as a required high school test is
I coached kids about a decade ago concerning not only the SAT, but also the GRE and LSAT exams. I know firsthand how easy it is to improve a test-taker's score without teaching anything about any subject materials. Indeed, on the "hardest" math questions on the test, even a prodigious student will run out of time if they try and use the methods they learned in school. I taught particulars about the ways the questions were written, how to spot a wrong answer, and how to make good guess even if the test-taker doesn't understand the question at all.
I hate this test and all others like it with a passion. And I did extremely well on it.
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