October 10th was a historic day in several ways. For the first time in district history, seniors of the Jefferson Union High School District received an opportunity to take the SAT for free, courtesy of the district. The SAT is a test used by many colleges to determine admissions. Oceana High School used the gym as a testing room. Now that the testing date has passed us by, how are students feeling about the test?
Heading into the gym early Wednesday morning, students were feeling a number of things. Of the nine students interviewed, six expressed their nervousness and stress over taking the SAT.
“I felt worried that I won’t do as well,” 12th grader Ryan Guinid recalled. “I was nervous and [feeling] pressured to do well.” Ajani Viray, 12th grader, felt similar when he said that “[…] the impact of the SAT, like going into colleges, matters a lot.”
Other not-so-nervous students were not too worried, like Tanu Pradhan. “I felt like I was going to grab that 1600.” Tanu has taken several practice tests and has completed the SAT twice in the past. “[…] I put a lot of time into studying for it.”
During the test, there were once again varied feelings. While some reported feeling “tired” and “exhausted,” other students thought it was not that bad. “It was kind of uncomfortable sitting in the desk and everything, but I think I was fine just like doing it. I wasn’t too bored or anything; it just felt normal,” says Jules Angeles, another senior who took the SAT that day.
With the test over, students are, as one might expect, relieved. However, there are also those who are worried – worried about scoring. Tanu revealed that “the College Board ended up reusing a test from June, and the June curve was […] very harsh. […] If you lost one point on the math section you lost 30 points instantly.” To summarize the reasoning for the College Board’s decisions on the subject of scoring, this SAT math section was easier than other tests, and so scores were “equated” to reflect that in an attempt to equalize student scoring across all tests. Even though it was easier than other tests, a few simple mistakes could send students’ scores plummeting. For more information regarding the June SAT’s scoring, see Score At The Top’s article and the College Board’s FAQ on the June test.
Students felt a variety of emotions throughout the course of the SAT day, but they persevered nonetheless. There are still some concerns hanging in the air, but with the test over and done with, they now wait for early November for their scores. Good luck, students!