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Colleges waive testing requirements for fall applicants

On April 10 2020, Tulane University in New Oreleans, Louisiana announced that they will officially be going test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

May 13, 2020

During this quarantine, students have had a lot of extra time on their hands. Most people are trying to continue with their normal routine as much as they can, while others are taking the time to catch up on missed sleep. This time would have been perfect for high school juniors to get in some much nee...

New updates diminish the value of ACT

A group of students takes the

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2019

Every year, we seem to be catering to an increasingly apathetic student body. First was the elimination of high school exams. Then, a localized failed but notable attempt at a “no zero grading policy.” Now, an ACT that allows students to complete their test in multiple sittings-- because it is simply...

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

Students taking the ACT are often in the testing center for hours on end, but the new change will allow students to only test for one hour or less instead.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

November 13, 2019

On any given Saturday from 8-12 AM, certain high schools are packed with students taking standardized tests. However, soon this entirely too long process can become a lot shorter for many students. The new change to the ACT, which will allow students to take sections of the test individually starting...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

Students are often stressed  out trying to study for standardized tests.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

Standardized testing may not be the best way for colleges to see who you are

Many students get very stressed out over standardized tests and don't believe the tests are an accurate representation of who they are.

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019

Attending countless tutoring sessions, spending a fortune on prep books, taking the SAT/ACT over and over again to get the best score possible—sound familiar? Students, especially at WCHS, put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. However, tests s...

MCPS supplies free ACT, SAT vouchers to students

By Brandon Li, Online News Editor

February 8, 2018

MCPS is now offering a free SAT or ACT voucher for every junior.   In order to receive the free voucher, students must apply through the Counseling Department or the College/Career Center. Students complete a form, including a photo, and return it to the College/Career Center. The voucher only ...

Test change will not live up to expectations

Test change will not live up to expectations

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

April 21, 2014

The HSA, the MSA, the SAT, the ACT and now the PARCC. The lives of students at CHS are cluttered with the acronyms of standardized testing. With the alphabet soup comes the inevitable doubt: How much is too much? Test after test, students’ patience is wearing thin. In a generation obsessed with gat...

ACT test to be offered online starting in 2015

ACT test to be offered online starting in 2015

By Dana Harris, Features Editor

February 27, 2014

Beginning in 2015, the ACT will be offered through a computer-based program in states that offer the ACT on a school day to fulfill the requirements of their district, state or school assessment programs. Students will be able to take the online version of the ACT on tablets, computers or laptops. ...

New SAT, ACT security oversteps boundaries

New SAT, ACT security oversteps boundaries

By Lara Fu, News Editor

May 2, 2012

For most students, standardized testing is not the ideal way to spend a weekend morning. Nearly anything is better than sitting in a small classroom taking a four-hour exam on reading, math and writing. However, no student can be exempt from standardized testing if he or she wishes to attend elite c...

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