Last week Occupy Math looked with deep skepticism at standardized tests. This week, a related problem: are our math tests — from in class to the scholastic aptitude tests (SATs) — testing *math* or something else like language proficiency? Occupy Math thanks Catherine Emerson for pointing to this topic and Peter Ashlock for serving as Occupy Math’s research staff on this one. The key point is this.

**Math tests often test language proficiency and cultural norms, not math.**