The SAT is made up of 10 sections, consisting of arithmetic and geometry, grammar, and reading comprehension. It has to be completed in 4 hours. This test, this 4-hour long, 10 section test, made up of what seems like basic material, has a say in our future as students.
If a person bombs the high and mighty SAT, their options for college are cut drastically. A student with a 4.0 GPA and above, who has sacrificed his/her time and effort to build and maintain that GPA can fail the SAT and not get into the college of his/her choice. Four years of hard work, long nights of studying and homework, and all the extra time put into school all down the drain because of this assessment that supposedly “tests your readiness for college level curriculum.” Doesn’t taking AP and honors classes, and passing those classes show preparedness for college? Doesn’t studying and working hard to do well on exams and projects show preparedness for college? How does a test consisting of grammar and arithmetic show how well you study or how you work in those studies? It doesn’t.
The SAT does show you one thing, however; it shows how good you are at taking tests. So bravo to those who can function while taking a 4-hour test in an environment where you are stuck in a cold, foreign classroom, squeezed in a desk that’s much too hard! Bravo! You have proven that you are good at taking tests! I, for one, am not one of the lucky few that can perform this feat, so I suffer, despite the hours, days, and years of hard work that I have performed to maintain my grades. I am at the mercy of a test!
Previously, if one had a high GPA, colleges did not care about the SAT score. But now, colleges want to see both a high GPA and a high test score! Why? Why is this test so significant to colleges? College admissions and universities in general, I now speak directly to you. If you are going to maintain this high regard and need for an SAT score from the students of America, please, please do not make it so significant in deciding whether to admit a student or not. Please, look at their GPA, their extra curricular activities, and community service to be the major deciding factor in your admission of students, not whether they scored high on a test consisting of geometry and grammar.
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