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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...

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 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....

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...

Junior Ramsey Hatoum worked on practice SAT questions for his three week-long preparation course at Capital Educators this past summer. The tutoring company is one of many available to CHS students.

For Prep Classes, Students Have Multiple Classes

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager November 24, 2015

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...

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

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...

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...

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....

SAT policy unfair to the underprivileged

By Maya Montayne
Opinions Editor
May 26, 2009

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...

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