Fall Standardized Testing

If you were looking forward to taking the free SAT on October 19th, you’ll be dissapointed to hear that they cancelled it in a last minute decision on September 16. But why are the SATs important?
The SAT, or the Scholastic Aptitude Test, challenges students across the U.S. to see if they are ready for college. The test contains two components, the Evidence-Eased Reading and Writing portion (EBRW), and the Math portion of the test. Each section is scored between 200 and 800, for a possible ending score of 1600 points.
Also, your score can affect your chances of getting into college. Throughout the country colleges have standard requirements for SAT scores that students have to reach if they want to get in. If you do not obtain the college’s standard, you may not be accepted. But, each college has different SAT requirements for students to reach, so check to make sure that you have the correct SAT standard for your college.
There is also the ACT, or the American College Test, which is graded compostitely. The four sections, Math, Science, English and Reading are graded 1-36, in which each score is added together and divided by four. The ACT is usually sought after by students who did badly on their SAT or wanted to guarantee their acceptance to a college.
Even though there may be stress getting a high score on the SAT or ACT, colleges have loosened their SAT requirements by either lowering the standard score to get in, or taking out the requirement entirely. This is because these tests are offered as alternatives to standardized testing, in which colleges also look at how you did. Students who feel like they did not do so well in their high school classes take the SAT or ACT to show the college board they have strengths.
“They do have their place, standardized testing does help determine where students are, but there is a lot of stress on them where there might not need to be,” junior Star Das said.


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