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The most important part to preparing for any test is organization (Photograph by Jenna Oppatt).

The most important part to preparing for any test is organization (Photograph by Jenna Oppatt).

The most important part to preparing for any test is organization (Photograph by Jenna Oppatt).

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In the recent ACT scores released, Brashier Middle College Charter High School had the highest ACT composite score in the Greenville County School District. Standardized testing is a major aspect of American society today that determines our tomorrow. They determine what college we get into, what scholarships we receive, and how intelligent we seem. Some of the most influential and popular standardized tests are the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

“[The standardized test] is measuring either ability, intelligence, or some type of skill. Typical examples of standardized tests would be the U.S. History End of Course Test or the English 1 End of Course Test that South Carolina does to see if you understand the content and skills that they expect you to for that class. There are obviously other standardized tests that you take to get into college, so colleges see your level of skills and how well you might do in college,” says U.S. History teacher Crystal Divers.

There are a few standardized tests that are taken nationwide. These tests are the PSAT, SAT, and the ACT. The PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. The ACT stands for American College Testing. There are many ways to describe these tests.

“PSAT is a smaller version of the SAT, hence the P: practice SAT. It’s used for scholarships purposes, like the Merit Scholarship. The ACT and the SAT are both tests that colleges use to determine your readiness for freshman year,” explains senior Jacob Weber.

These tests also help you receive scholarships depending on your score. The scholarships that you can be given vary depending what college you apply to, where you live, who you are as a person, and what tests scores you receive.

“PSAT is good for scholarships and stuff, like if you are planning to go to a certain college, you probably should do better on the PSAT to get more scholarships. The SAT and ACT are important if you are applying, because colleges can’t accept you if you don’t do well,” says sophomore Sakina Naqvi.

There are many different opportunities to take the PSAT, SAT, and ACT; while standardized tests, like the US History End of Course, all have a set time and date. These set times and dates depend on where you go to school and what time you take that class. For the PSAT, you can take it in 8th, 10th and 11th grade. The SAT and the ACT are offered at many different locations and times throughout the year, every year. The ACT is given free to 11th graders during the springtime at Brashier. There are many different views of when you should actually take these three exams.

“I think that once you become a junior, you should really think about taking them at least one time in the fall of your junior year, so that you have a good idea of which one you like better, if you are talking about the SAT versus the ACT. That way, in the spring, you can concentrate on the one that you liked better or that you did better on, because all kids are different. Some kids do better on the SAT versus the ACT,” says Divers.

There are many different goals that a student could aim for in each test. Students could strive to do their best and aim to get the highest score possible. Students could also aim for a score that is based off the college they want to go to; each college has their own criteria for students to meet for them to apply to that school. For example, Ivy League schools will require a much higher test score than a public state school. While students take these tests, they should also think about their future college as these scores can tell students where they can attend.

“Each college has a different requirement, but typically you want to shoot for between a 29 or 36. The really high ups, because the colleges will look and that and say…that’s perfect,” says Weber.

There are also many different important purposes of these tests. They help you obtain the skill of time management by balancing school work with studying for a standardized test. They show the world your level of skill, ability, and intelligence.

“I think it is important to see how knowledgeable students are in certain subjects,” says junior Gianna Derosa.

There are two views on whether or not these standardized tests are necessary. Some believe that tests like the SAT and ACT should not be used to determine if a student gets into a college, and that it should be based off of grades and GPA. They also say that these tests don’t really show what the student knows and how intelligent they are. Those who argue that these tests are necessary believe the tests help you obtain skills, like time management. They also believe that the tests show the skills, abilities, and intelligence of a student.

“Yes and no. I am kind of mixed on it, because I do think that standardized tests can show ability. Kids that tend to do well on standardized tests often do well in high school or college, but at the same time, not everyone does well in standardized tests. If a college is looking at it, they need to look at it from a holistic point of view. For example, they would need to also look at the student’s grades, maybe recommendations, if they had poor standardized test scores. Just because they had a bad test on one day, it doesn’t mean they are not capable of being a great student. I think it’s not the end all be all. There are certainly kids who do well on standardized tests that don’t do well in college, but it is a pretty good indicator,” explains Divers.

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