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Standardized Testing is the Only Way

Why schools should continue standardized testing
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Digital photo of a woman sat studying thinking about her SAT.

While some colleges have begun to become test optional, many still look for a students SAT or ACT score. While many despise the testing process, and all the stress that comes with studying and taking the actual exam, I believe that these are essential when it comes to applying to the college of your choice even if it’s optional since they can enhance your application compared to others.

Grade inflation is a real issue that exists in many schools, so it gets hard to differentiate between students. To put it in simpler terms, grade inflation is when teachers hand out good grades to students even when it doesn’t accurately reflect their academic ability. When two students are given all A’s but only one did the work and understands the material while the other doesn’t, and they both apply to college, who should get in? Obviously the first one, but in this case, it doesn’t matter as they both are viewed as academically equal unbeknownst to the universities.

Testing serves as a standard method for universities to decipher which students are the best academic fit for a school. Azusa Pacific University (APU) highlights this as they express the need for SAT/ACT testing as a way to balance students out. While testing is unbearable, it’s a way to help students out in many ways. For example, if a student has a low GPA, having a higher SAT/ACT score helps prove that you’re fit for the university.

“These exams help colleges and universities evaluate a large number of applications and ensure that they are ready for the rigor of college academics. Plus, they give admissions representatives a more complete view of an applicant’s academic capabilities,” said Ana Felce in an APU article about why testing scores matter.

Felce also makes a great point in bringing up scholarships. How will students be differentiated for scholarships if they all don’t take the SAT/ACT? Without these exams, students would be hard to categorize. Even though the SAT/ACT are not everything when it comes to college, they are not meaningless.

While it sucks to take these exams, I really think it’s beneficial during the application process and once you’ve been accepted, it will all be over. You will be able to take a deep breath, free from all the stress and live your best life in the college of your choice.

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Yesenia Rosario
Yesenia Rosario, News & Features Editor
Yesenia Rosario is a junior at Robinson and the News & Features Editor of  Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and her first year as an editor.  Rosario has a deep fondness for the community that journalism has built for her, leading her to return to the staff for a second year.  "What brings me back is the community and the work, it’s very great. It’s very easy but fun at the same time," Rosario said.  Although busy with her academics, Rosario manages to find time for hobbies; she especially enjoys baking and being with friends. Rosario also appreciates a wide variety of media, particularly the essence of Jordan Peele's movies. Currently, “Coraline” is ranked as one of her favorite movies due to its more dark and irreverent tone.  “It's not that I don't lean over any other genres of movies, it's just that I think that thrillers and creepy movies have you on the edge of your seat more, they could be more interesting," Rosario said. "More can be done with a lesser timeframe, rather than like two-hour movies, and though they're good, they're pretty lengthy, so I think that horror and thriller movies have so much content in a short amount of time." Being a movie and music enthusiast, her favorite section to write is A&E. She often finds herself gravitating towards sections that allow her to editorialize.  “I prefer writing album reviews over any other, because it's something I enjoy writing about and giving my opinion on and it gives me a reason to listen to music for fun, rather than having to write lengthy feature stories or any informative story that aren't as fun to write," Rosario said.  Rosario hopes that her love for writing will continue to play a role in her future, even after high school. “One of the reasons I like journalism is that you’re able to choose and write about what you’d like and I think that’s pretty cool," Rosario said.  Profile by (Jordan De La Cruz)
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