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On the official College Board, as seen above, information on the new Digital SAT can be found. Although SAT test centers in the U.S. still administer the traditional paper test, that will change in the spring of 2024.

Observer Opinion: The digital SAT is inferior

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor October 18, 2023

For the last century, the College Board has administered the SAT on paper. But, in recent years, the College Board has begun to digitize the exam. All students outside the U.S. have been exclusively taking...

SAT and ACT studying resources are stacked on top of each other in abundance, on Oct. 31, 2022.  Should self-studying be the major form of preparation for these standardized tests, or should high schoolers opt for paid tutors?

Students can do well on the SAT without the price tag of a tutor

By Amir Abbas-Yazdi, Assistant Opinions Editor November 15, 2022

Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT have always been a hot topic of discussion for high school students. Students are constantly concerned about how well they can score on these tests so that they...

Tutors give students an abundance of practice test to do at home to strengthen their test taking skills.

SAT/ACT tutors are a worthwhile investment in a student’s future

By Nate Levine, Promotions Manager November 15, 2022

It is common knowledge that SAT/ACT scores play a large role in college admissions. While the SAT/ACT are largely regarded as poor tests of intelligence, many colleges look at the scores as one of the...

Review books are extremely helpful in preparing for the SAT, and with new changes to the standardized test, success rates for good scores are more likely.

SAT introduces a digital option for future exams

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager March 17, 2022

A crucial part of the college application process before the emergence of a global pandemic is transforming to be unrecognizable from its previous design. New changes to the SAT have taken a turn for the...

Students complete the SAT in four sections that include reading, writing, language and math. The majority of questions are answered in multiple choice form.

Bubble in A: Why to abolish the SAT

By Nate Levine, Photo Manager December 1, 2021

The 154 question test is expected for college admissions. Do well, get into the college that is desired. But do poorly, and the opposite might happen. This is the SAT. Some will say that the SAT is...

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...

Students take SAT tests every year to send scores to colleges in hopes of gaining admission.

SAT adversity score is for the better

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor June 5, 2019

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...

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 dont 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....

Standardized Tests Are Getting a Failing Grade

By Ariel Levchenko, Online Opinions Editor December 23, 2015

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...

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