James Murphy is the director of national outreach for The Princeton Review. He frequently writes about testing and admissions for national publications, including The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. James is particularly interested in issues of access in college admissions and holding the testing companies accountable. A 2017 piece he published on the cost of sending test scores to colleges helped lead many colleges to change their policy so students can self-report scores. He has written several op-eds about the flawed SAT and ACT essays, which are now required by a little more than a dozen colleges. His criticism of the College Board’s redesigned SAT has been featured by Reuters, Inside Higher Ed and other newspapers. James has tutored students for the SAT and ACT for over 20 years. He began tutoring while he was a graduate student in English Literature at Emory University. He received a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught for three years in Harvard University’s History and Literature concentration.

When the scores for the June 2018 SAT were released, high-scoring students were not happy. The curve on the SAT math section was really unforgiving to high-scoring students. The test is a reminder that the SAT is scored on a curve, and no one actually wants an "easy" SAT.

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