After completing hundreds of practice problems, tons of practice tests and having lots of stress, students show up for the most important test in their junior year, the SAT/ACT. Students walk into the testing centers hoping to obtain their desired score that will meet the requirements for their dream college. This is the standardized test that universities keep into consideration when deciding whether or not the student is eligible to attend their campus.
Class of 2022 students have been preparing for this test since the school year prior to 11th grade, the summer of, or even a few days before their test date. However since the epidemic of COVID-19, there have been changes regarding these standardized tests. The most important change for the class of 2022 is having the option to take it. This has sparked a variety of beliefs about whether a student should take the SAT/ACT.
“Multiple studies have proved that the SAT/ACT doesn’t predict a student’s ability to succeed in college any more than a student’s GPA,” junior Allyson Travis said. “I feel as though the SAT/ACT is unnecessary and doesn’t help evaluate a person’s ability to succeed.”
Some students are worried that with the standardized tests not being required, their overall grades and extracurriculars from all 4 years of high school will be used to determine the universities that they get admitted to.
“Honestly, it has both pros and cons but for me, I’m not as good at standardized tests as others so it helps that it won’t be required,” junior Karina Syc said.“However, colleges will now have to take deep dives into actual grades, sports, and extracurriculars to set prospective students apart.”
Students that were worried about COVID-19 while at testing centers have been fortunate. They now have the option to decide whether or not they will want to take the risk and go to testing centers.
“I think colleges not requiring students to submit SAT and ACT scores in order to be considered is a good idea since many were not able to test and get the results they wanted due to COVID-19,” junior Madison Coble said. “Colleges acknowledged this problem and adjusted their requirements to make sure students weren’t stopped by something out of their control.”