Is the SAT Inherently Finger-ist?


The big news on the blogosphere today is a study, reported by, that found a tentative correlation between finger size and performance on the SAT.

As it turns out, the ratio between a person's index and middle fingers in connected to prenatal hormone levels that also play a role in brain development.

The SAT is unlikely to be scrapped in favor of measuring a person's fingers, but the news comes as yet another question mark as to how effective--and, more important, how fair--the test is in measuring aptitude. Here are three articles from the U.S.News & World Report archives on the evolution and attempts to bring down the storied exam.

Psyching out the SAT, Oct. 9, 1994

The SAT Revolution, Nov. 3, 2002

The New SAT: It's Bigger, But Is It Better? March 6, 2005