Putting university candidates through multiple-choice tests ("Exam boards unveil SAT rival", April 15) to determine their "potential" marks a new phase in the degradation of education in this country.
Thinking is not a "skill" detachable from the learning discipline in which it is embedded, not even in general terms such as mathematical or verbal reasoning. The use of multiple-choice style is open to very serious objections: the "thinking" such tests require is of a limited kind, and not suitable at all to any form of higher education.
Worse, they depend to a large extent on sheer chance. Such testing wipes out the need for young people to acquire any education at all.
As the A level has ceased to be a suitable discriminator for well-qualified candidates, it needs enhancement, not abolition. I suggest universities invite high-fliers to submit extended essays with the guarantee of an interview in order to defend their views.