Rep. Louie Gohmert
(R-Texas) boasted about his college entrance exam scores on Thursday, while also admitting that some "people
think I'm the dumbest guy in Congress
Gohmert may have earned that reputation by claiming that his face mask
likely gave him COVID-19
(on the extremely rare occasions when he wore one) and then taking the failed Donald Trump
"cure" hydroxychloroquine to fight it, saying that caribou love to "date" over oil
pipelines, and nominating Republican
Newt Gingrich to be Speaker of the House
13 years after Gingrich left Congress.
Gohmert, 67, also claimed — without providing any evidence — that young people scored higher on the SAT before President Jimmy Carter
established the Department of Education
42 years ago, but that is not entirely correct.
“When I took it, I did very well, and it got me into the honors program at [Texas] A&M,” Gohmert said in a House floor speech. “I'm sure that surprises people who think I'm the dumbest guy in Congress.”
Gohmert: I did very well when I took it, which I'm sure surprises people who think I'm the dumbest guy in Congress pic.twitter.com/4U63Qb3dYu — Acyn (@Acyn) May 20, 2021
The math/critical reading scores were 494/507 in 1978, the year before the department was created, 500/509 in 1985 and 1986, and 501/507 in 1987. Math scores have generally risen over the years to 2020, while critical reading has slipped.
Average SATs in 1977: 496, 507; average SATs in 1985: 500, 509Source: https://t.co/63568TW8pC—
JRehling (@JRehling) May 20, 2021
He's lying about the time frame in which SAT scores began to fall, so he's probably lying about his own scores as well. SAT scores began to fall in the 1960s, around the time Gohmert took his. see https://t.co/yF4Vd7uTaL—
Mel Felton (@jeepturners) May 20, 2021
So he could request and show them— Marian Rosin (@MarianRosin) May 20, 2021
It makes me happy that he understands what we're all thinking.— Rich Swinton (@RicoSuaveJD) May 20, 2021
The SAT, which does not measure IQ, has come under increasing scrutiny as a biased test that favors white and affluent students and has questionable utility in determining who is a strong college candidate. Many colleges, including the entire University of California
system, are dropping the test requirement after managing to choose students without it due to COVID-19 restrictions.