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Hershey Favors Student Draft Exemption Exam

College Board Group Prepares New Test


Major General Lewis B. Hershey, director of Selective Service, has asked the College Board testing service in Princeton to plan an examination for college students by which draft boards can determine whom to defer, the CRIMSON learned last night.

Hershey consulted with the College Board outfit in August, Richard Sullivan, assistant director of the testing service said, after he had been urged to examine that possibilities of a classification test by a panel of six committees of university leaders, representing different fields of learning.

Backing for such a test has also come from such influential groups as the American Council on Education, Sullivan reported.

Awaits Congressional Approval

Sullivan said that he and his chief, Henry Chauncey, director of the College Entrance Examination Board, have made rough plans for a test but are postponing an actual draft until the exam proposal gets authorization from Congress when it reconvenes in November.

"When we do have a draft of a test," Sullivan said, "the Selective Service will announce it."

Educators have been backing a test of the College Board variety to exempt or defer college men, because they feel it would be a better ruler of academic ability than selection of the top half of every class. The ability of superior students at one university might not equal average students at another, many educators have thought.

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