Megan Ferguson ‘19: Junior year, the year of the SAT, can be the cause of stress for many juniors. Knowing how to prepare helps to decrease the stress, which can lead to getting the best score possible. The test asks questions in math that apply in everyday situations along with glimpses of more advanced math concepts, including data analysis. Along with math, the SAT contains a reading comprehension and an essay portion. Just the thought of this test raises concerns about how it affects students future.
“I’m not nervous for the SAT since I already took it once,” Alexandra Konarzewski ‘19 said. “But before I took the test I prepared with taking a class at Macomb and I took the PSAT multiple times. To me it was very stressful because your whole college future can depend on one test, but if you study and prepare then you will do well.”
The high school provides a PSAT for juniors on October 11. Through practice questions and the PSAT, prep for the real deal has already begun for juniors. Teachers began preparing with practice tests, which many students decide not to take it seriously since they don’t count as a grade for the class. Many students also decide not to prepare for the test because they believe that it won’t affect them in the long run.
“I’m only prepping for it with the practices that we do in class,” Anna Brede ‘19 said. “I know to take the practices seriously because it will affect if I get a good score on the real SAT.”
Seniors who already took the SAT describe it as challenging, long and tiring. Many of the seniors who received a high score prepared in a variety of different ways, including SAT classes and online quizzes, that has helped lead to their success.
“I took a SAT class at the MISD and practiced Khan Academy,” Anna Eschenburg ‘18 said.
In the end, all of the long, tough hours of studying pay off after receiving a high score.