The SAT causes stress, chaos

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Weather warms, rain pours, mosquitoes buzz, and the end of the school year is quickly approaching.

Spring is here.

For juniors, this can either be a relief or a terrible burden — they have to take the SAT.

The SAT is administered by the College Board on Tuesday, April 9, and is important to those who plan on attending college and later pursuing a career.

It tests your ability to write, critically read, and solve math problems efficiently and correctly.

From the beginning of the year, juniors are fed endless amounts of information that teachers deem vital or foresee on the SAT.

The pressure to merely reach the state’s average score, let alone score above average, is tremendous.

Schedules consist of countless nights with no sleep due to studying multiple complex subjects in detail.

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Junior Taryn Hass happily gives feedback on the SAT.

Even SAT prep tests can cause strain on students because they may take up the whole class period, leaving little time to complete actual class assignments.

This can lower GPAs and result in missing work for those who take the practice seriously.

Junior Taryn Hass said it has been difficult to study for the SAT.

“I don’t believe SAT prep actually prepares you for the test,” Hass said. “The SAT is based on material we’ve learned throughout our whole schooling experience, so if you know it then you know it. If you don’t, you don’t.”

In order to stay healthy and stable, students should create schedules that allow them some flexibility for more enjoyable things other than studying.

The SAT was one of the most stressful events of my life.”

— Ashley Harroun, senior

Those who will soon leave KHS can sympathize with the Junior Class.

Senior Ashley Harroun recalls the days she spent stressing over the SAT.

“The SAT was one of the most stressful events of my life,” Harroun said. “I think the test just tries to see what you learned in high school, which is irrelevant because that is three years or more of schooling they want you to regurgitate onto paper.”

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