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The SAT’s parent company, the College Board, announced it will discontinue the SAT Subject Test and end-test optional SAT Essay. The decision comes in a year of incredible change and security within the world of standardized tests for college admissions.

College testing changes spur controversy

By Quinn Cook, News Editor February 15, 2021

To take, or not to take the SAT optional essay: that has been the question for students approaching the college admissions process of standardized testing. This question, and the identical one about SAT...

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

Colleges waive testing requirements for fall applicants

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...

A group of students takes the

New updates diminish the value of ACT

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.”...

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.

ACT’s new updates are beneficial students

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...

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

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

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...

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

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

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....

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...

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...

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....

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