How unfair are “standardized” exams?

Here’s a story for you: a qualified, experienced surgeon sat for a national board exam and failed miserably. She was devastated, thinking her career—and her life— were coming to an end. She found me on the web and called, sounding quite hopeless.  A woman of color, over forty, she told me the story of the test:  it was an oral exam administered by two old white men.  And the location for the test?  Catch this: in a hotel bedroom.  Are you kidding?  She was so traumatized by the location and Read More