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Kenneth Cleaver

Consumer Correspondent

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April 30, 2005

College Board

Southwestern Regional Office

4330 South MoPac Expressway, Suite 200

Austin, Texas 78735-6735

To Whom It May Concern:

For reasons I can't explain in one sitting, my dear friend David Melito isn't feeling good about himself. One of the very few things he does have going for him is his SAT score: an astonishing 1540 math/verbal combo.

Sadly, David is 33 years old. I've tried my best to explain how bandying about his score is rude, if not pathetic at this stage in life. I've lobbied harder than anyone against both the vanity plates (1540SATS) and the tattoos (don't ask). Alas, David's still not getting it.

Which got me thinking: If you're going to continue marketing this test, I think it's only fair you help create opportunities for people like David to flaunt their results. Not just in high school but throughout their lives.

What is it about SAT scores that renders them verboten past the age of 17? Young achievers in sports, arts and MTV's Road Rules don't seem to have any problem basking in their past glory. Why can't adults remain proud of their Scholastic Assessment Test-taking prowess?

Please advise.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Cleaver

cc: David Melito

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