January 16, 2013 | 256 views
Re-evaluating importance of the SAT
“Instead of having it evaluate us, we should evaluate whether it itself is even necessary!,” said Lawrence Woodmere Academy student Brittney McFarlane who brought her fist down on the table to emphasize her point.
Others have expressed similar viewpoints, but it is Brittney’s words that really ignite the indignation present in the room. The situation had quickly escalated from general complaints to more fervent criticisms as we discussed an issue that all of us had been avoiding for quite some time. What is the name of this monstrous beast, and why is its very name shunned?
Some background is required: Entering into the new year, I, as well as most of my fellow seniors, have all but wrapped up my college applications. The stress, duress, and general misery of the process have presently made nearly all subjects relating to college taboo. This includes, but is not limited to: grades, interviews, exams, and a little something called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the SAT.
No other test fills a high school student with such fury as the SAT. Perhaps that is why, despite the unspoken adherence to disregarding all other taboo subjects, the SAT inevitably found its way into our class discussion this week, well after the last of us seniors has taken it.
A passing remark about the SAT in the middle of a vocabulary lesson in English generated a hailstorm of opinions. Starting with comments about how much, or how little, the content of the SAT (or, likewise, the ACT) has to do with any academic teachings, the discussion quickly grew to include differing opinions on the usefulness of the test, how much weight it should have in the college admission process, and the cheating that has been observed among students under prepared or over-anxious.