Americans say the SATs are a "necessary evil"

April is becoming known as "Judgment Month," when colleges send out letters of acceptance and rejection. In honor of anxious students, this month's 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll focuses on college life.

Four out of 10 Americans would describe the Scholastic Aptitude Tests for prospective collegians as a necessary evil. It jumps up to 48 percent for those who have a child attending or about to attend college. Twenty-three percent call them a successful equalizer, 19 percent describe them as a waste of time and 14 percent characterize them as a failed ideal. Until they come up with a better idea, the SAT's will continue to be a standardized and somewhat subjective tool used in the American rite of passage known as the college admissions process.

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