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12 April 2012 @ 06:21 pm
Hello There, My Old Enemy  
What Happens When a 35-Year Old Man Retakes the SAT?

As someone who loathes standardized testing (yeah, I'm one of those Asians who sucks at test-taking), this article to me was absolutely hilarious.

For those who are unfamiliar with the SAT, it's an exam that all of us Americans must take (usually during our high school years) in order to gain entrance into college. As this author points out, the stress of the test has reached a point now where parents have thrown down thousands upon thousands of dollars to insure that their kid can get competitive scores. The advanced form of this is the GRE which you need to take in order to gain entrance to certain graduate schools. And mostly likely you now as an adult have to throw down thousands upon thousands of your own dollars.

I was surprised to learn that the SAT is still done using paper and pencil. Particularly given that the GRE is now done via computers. I would have completely choked on the essay section if I had to hand write it. I barely got a decent GRE essay score even with the benefit of being allowed to type it.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on April 13th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Every line of text you read in the instructions is a dire warning that if you do not do exactly as you are told, your life will be DESTROYED.

Oh man, I saw a kid next to me skip to the math section before he was done with the essay section. The floor beneath him ripped open and dragged him straight into the fiery bowels of Hell! Not an easy image to forget. *G*

I did very well at the SATs, though I don't recall the exact numbers. It also helped that I tortured myself with at least six, full-length practice tests before I actually took the test. I'm so glad that's over with! Yes, a ridiculous test, overall. Designed to incite panic, and no more. If world leaders had to take it before being allowed to declare war, we'd definitely have world peace by now. :p