What Does The SAT Really Measure?

Photo courtesy of Collegeboard.

Photo courtesy of Collegeboard.

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As the second semester is approaching, students are preparing to score big on The SAT, a high-risk assessment high-risk. This is an opportunity for students Many College applications require SAT scores to determine admission, scholarship possibilities, and more.

         The SAT is a standardized test administered to most students in the country in their Junior year of high school. There are 4 sections: mathematics with no calculator, mathematics with a calculator, English, and written language. During the test, time management is crucial. This poses the question of what the SAT truly measures. Does it measure how fast and well you work under pressure or the material you really know? Junior Atabong Foretia, exclaimed ¨The SAT is really taxing, not only psychically because of the long hours we´ll be in the testing site but also mentally since colleges really look at these scores, I don’t think SAT is really fair since colleges made it optional covid year.” Senior Pamela Metuk, recalled, “my junior year I was nervous to take the SAT, we sat in the gym for hours and all I could think about was if it was really worth it. The test felt impractical to these students, and they felt that it focuses on their testing abilities rather than their knowledge. On the contrary, Mr. James Miller, 11th and 12th grade English teacher, and SAT coordinator, thinks that the test is essential for students to take. He emphasizes that ¨SAT is a standardized test with a leveled playing field in every county. The test is put together to highlight students’ academic qualities and make a good future for you whether you see it the same or not.” He explains how “the students and scores [he has] seen over the years have spoken for themselves¨ and students have used the test to achieve important goals.

             Although many students will either go to college, a trade school, the military, or to join the working field, students are still advised to take the test, have a good night’s rest, and come into the selected testing sites with the mindset of success. Although your plans in life may change, having your SAT score for potential scholarship opportunities will be good for you. To help,  SAT prep sessions are offered by Mr.Miller in room 220 every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. The short prep class offers practice questions for all sections with tips and instructions on how to comprehend tricky questions and sets you up for an admirable score.  Luckily, After students receive their scores in late March, SAT prep will be offered again for those who wish to retake the test. Again, it will be held in Room 220 in April and May.