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SAT adversity score is for the better

SAT adversity score is for the better

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019


Filed under Opinions

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests which students are accustomed to preparing for. Now, adversity scores as well. On May 15th, 2019, ...

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

SAT/ACT pushes students past their limits

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

June 4, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Features, Online Exclusives, Students, Top Stories

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

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

By Emily Zhang, News Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under CHS Community, Students, Top Stories

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


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

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 ...

Standardized Tests Are Getting a Failing Grade

By Ariel Levchenko, Online Opinions Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under Opinions

CHS students will have taken an average of 113 tests throughout their education. There are tests in every class, the PARCC, quarter exams, semester exams, final exams and AP exams. Wait, don’t forget SATs, SAT Subject tests and ACTs. The problem with these standardized tests is that they aren’t...

For Prep Classes, Students Have Multiple Classes

For Prep Classes, Students Have Multiple Classes

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager

November 24, 2015


Filed under Features, Top Stories

With so many companies offering courses in preparation for the SAT/ACT, it is overwhelming and stressful for students to make an informed decision about which standardized test to take. Thankfully, those preparing for the tests can benefit from several tutoring services in the CHS area. Prep 1-on-1:...

College Board makes much-needed changes to SAT

College Board makes much-needed changes to SAT

By Alissa Li and Madison Hurr

April 21, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Three letters, one test. The SAT. For lucky test takers, this dreaded test that is imperative for college admissions is completing transforming in spring 2016. In early March, College Board announced that it will change the entire structure of the test that millions of students have been tirelessly prepa...

Test change will not live up to expectations

Test change will not live up to expectations

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

April 21, 2014


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

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...

New SAT, ACT security oversteps boundaries

New SAT, ACT security oversteps boundaries

By Lara Fu, News Editor

May 2, 2012


Filed under Opinions

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...

SAT policy unfair to the underprivileged

By Maya Montayne
Opinions Editor

May 26, 2009


Filed under Opinions

SAT scores have constantly been dramatized as one of the most important components of a college application. For decades the four-hour long test has had the power to completely eclipse four years of high school work, but many colleges, such as Smith College and Wakeforest, are beginning to drop the SAT...

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