The Crush Of Standardized Testing

The Crush Of Standardized Testing

The breeze is starting to pick up, flowers are blooming, the sun brings warmth to everyone’s skin, and student’s minds are definitely checking out. It’s the first week back after spring break, everyone had their time to relax but it’s time to start getting back into the swing of things, especially juniors. Juniors are slammed with state and standardized testing as soon as they give their mind a break for what feels like two seconds, but how do they cope? What exactly do they feel? Is standardized testing really necessary at that capacity?

First, they’re hit with the SAT. Which quite possibly might be the most nerve wracking test of them all considering its a major score colleges look at. While it doesn’t determine a student’s self worth, it sure does rate high on the importance scale.

“I would rate the SAT about an 8 out of 10 on the importance scale,” said Adrianna, a fellow junior at Wyoming High School.

The SAT hit hard, considering I completely forgot we were even taking it until halfway through spring break it hadn’t been brought to my attention. Especially the fact we were taking the SAT with the essay. I had no awareness of the essay portion until the day before. So when I walked in on April 13th, the day of the test, I had not been feeling so great.

It was very tiring and exhausting, I felt like my brain went to nothing but mush after that lengthy test. I immediately left right after the test got done, there was no way I was sticking around considering how exhausted I felt.

After the SAT, a week later juniors have to take the M-STEP. Which is a minor dinky test compared so how ginormous the SAT was. Juniors hadn’t touched the M-STEP since the 8th grade. Even with it being such a tiny test, it still does a number on your head to have to sit there for 100 questions and click on circles for a few hours. The juniors only have to take the social studies and science portion of the state test, but it’s honestly a lot of graphs and reading.

Luckily, M-STEP day was on a half day, so we were all able to go home right after that one ended. But personally, I don’t entirely see the point in the M-STEP, at least not for juniors anyways. What’s the point in the juniors taking the M-STEP when they’re already taking so many other tests? Especially since they haven’t seen it since middle school, it’s just such an odd grade level for it. They say the M-STEP is to get an idea on how well teachers are teaching. But for juniors, it’s easier to just click through the test and get it over with considering it doesn’t actually affect anything about your grades and future.

Last, but not as least as the M-STEP, WorkKeys, proctored by the ACT. A test structured around the same as the SAT, but the main point of it is directions, office math, and graphs. It’s to see how well you can follow directions and work in a job setting. While this test wasn’t difficult to any degree, it was still exhausting to sit there for four hours and fill in bubbles constantly. It’s hard for a teenager’s brain to focus for that long. But hey, at least if you do well on this one, you get a few stamps on your diploma!

I honestly wasn’t aware of this test at all, it just came up out of nowhere a couple days before a teacher telling me we had yet another test. None of us really knew what it was about, but hey, we did it (unfortunately).

With all of this testing, juniors are tired, exhausted, and burnt out considering they have all of this on top of regular school, and AP exams looming closer.

I atleast know I am very tired from all the testing, it seems never ending and honestly a little pointless. A lot of juniors think these tests are the most important thing in the world and scale their self worth off of their scores, and for so long teenagers are taught to think that. If they do bad, their whole future is messed up, but that is certainly not the case. However, these tests are probably going nowhere despite all the exhaustion.