We will survive
May 10, 2006
It felt like I had been awake for a week straight. I had just spent all of Friday morning taking the A.P. U.S. History test. I struggled through lunch with some friends and then decided that I was so drained that I could handle nothing more until I went home and slept for three hours.
I wasn’t the only one who felt as if she would never be able to think again. Most test-takers I talked to that day were just about as spent as I was. It seems almost pathetic that sitting still for several hours can take so much out of us.
In our defense, we’re not just dealing with one test at a time; after learning for almost an entire school-year, high school students have to go through this whole season of test-taking. With A.P. tests, A.C.T.s, S.A.T.s, and class finals, complete mental exhaustion is understandable.
After studying, reviewing for and actually taking my A.P. tests, I was glad to be able to fit in some naptime because at 7:45 the next morning, I had to be refreshed and in Salt Lake, ready for the S.A.T.
In some ways, the S.A.T. is not quite as bad as an A.P. test. While one usually feels obligated to study extensively for a detail-oriented A.P. test, many people feel content with just showing up for the S.A.T. or the A.C.T. with only the dust in their heads and a good excuse like "you really can’t study for that kind of thing anyway; it’s all just general knowledge stuff, right?"
In other ways, unfortunately, those general standardized tests can be much more grueling. In the S.A.T., there’s an essay and then math, and English, and math, and English, and then math again, and then another English test, until we’ve provided an extremely legitimate amount of data with which to determine whether it’s possible to get into college or if beauty school should be the next step instead.
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At least, in the A.C.T., there are a few different subjects to mix things up a little bit. The thing about this one, though, is that it seems like there is not enough time to complete most of the sections which is way stressful. Students go into each section feeling worried.
In all of these tests, there is always the stress of employing the correct test-taking strategies, and the pressure of being evaluated for each response. The results of these tests help determine college admissions which help determine our very futures. These tests can easily become overwhelming.
the time year-end finals come around, everyone is just about done with this whole evaluation-of-learning idea. A lot of us don’t even care anymore. By then, we’re flying on auto-pilot all the way to the last day of school.
But it’s almost over. We can make it through. Soon we’ll be all done with these taxing tests and moving on to the fun end-of-the-year activities like dance concerts, prom, watching movies in class, yearbook signing in the park, graduation and end-of-the-year parties. And after all that – we’re free for the summer.
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