Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg is going to Harvard after getting a reported 1270 on the SAT — it shows test scores aren't everything

  • Parkland school shooting survivor and gun law activist David Hogg is going to Harvard University.
  • He received a score of 1270 out of 1600 on the SAT,according to TMZ. The bottom 25% of students admitted had an average score of 1460.
  • His reported score has sparked a debate over whether Harvard should have admitted him, or if SAT scores aren’t very useful anyway.

David Hogg – a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting and advocate for gun law reform – announced he’s going to Harvard University in the fall.

The reaction was mixed.

After surviving the shooting in February, which took 17 lives, Hogg became one of the leaders of the March For Our Lives movement, which demands gun law reform and recruits young people into political activism. He took a gap year after graduating in June to focus on March For Our Lives instead of going directly to college. His activism has made him a lightning rod for criticism on the political right. Fox News host Laura Ingraham, for example, mocked him after four colleges rejected him.

Somewhere in the middle of all of this, TMZ reported that Hogg had a 4.2 GPA and got a 1270 out of 1600 on the SAT. Now that he’s going to Harvard, Hogg’s SAT score has become a flashpoint for his critics. It’s well below the usual score for the Ivy League school – the average score for admitted students is 1520,according to Prep Scholar.

Some conservative media figures criticised Harvard’s decision to admit Hogg^tfw^tfw^tfw

But for the most part, people said it shows just how useless the SATs really are

To others, Hogg’s admittance to Harvard showed just how silly the SATs are. If a teenager helps lead a national political movement and has an extraordinary GPA, what does it matter if he doesn’t do well on a standardised test?^tfw

And of course, some people told him that studying political science at Harvard isn’t enough

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