I am too opinionated to take the SATs. There’s a long and boring Critical Reading section, a tedious Mathematics section, and a Writing section that by the time you’ve read many useless reading passages and done a ton of math questions that are harder than the Sudoku puzzle in daily newspapers, you don’t feel like doing.
Most of the questions in the Critical Reading section are asking you to interpret. What if I interpret something in a different way than the College Board thinks is the best interpretation? What if I have good and solid evidence to back up all of my interpretations for the reading passages? Well, I cannot show that evidence because all of the questions are multiple choice. Most all of the reading passages are boring, which makes the reading much more difficult to read. On top of that, it is impossible to thoroughly read all of the passages because of the little time you have to take each test. You hardly have any time to take a deep breath, let alone think about what the passages are talking about.
As for the math section, the questions are worded strangely because the College Board wants to trick you. If you don’t even know what the question is asking you, how are you supposed to answer it? The SAT math section is designed for you to apply you math skills to real world situations. What if I knew how to the math but didn’t know how to show that because the word problem tricked me? The math section is not necessarily testing your ability to do high school math but it is testing your ability to understand a very strangely worded problem. Unless you’re one of those people that do logic puzzles daily, the questions are bound to trick you. How does this show your knowledge of math? If you do well on this section, it only shows that you’re a good test taker.
By the time I get to the writing section, the only thing I wish I could do is to spend time rewording the word problems in the Math section. I would think that the Writing section would be incredibly easy because the other sections show how the College Board can write confusing, wordy sentences. It is, however, not incredibly easy, and it is so very exhausting that I spend less than a minute correcting each sentence. The essay question for every SAT is very simple, so anyone could make up stories to support their opinion. The question requires no knowledge whatsoever, so in my opinion, your score reflects on how much you write. That doesn’t show if you’re a good writer; it shows how fast you can move your pencil. I wish that the essay question had something to do with one of the Critical Reading passages because then you could further explain your knowledge of the passage.
The SAT, apparently, shows how students will do grade wise in their freshman year of college. This makes zero sense to me. Some high school students fail classes in school yet do very well on the SAT. The SAT doesn’t show how well they will do in their freshman year of college; their grades will show that. A friend of mine once said “I got a 224 on my last year’s PSAT but failed my Chemistry class.” Another friend of mine admitted that “I got a 235 on last year’s PSAT but it required no knowledge to do that. I just knew how to trick the test.” In other words: The PSAT and the SAT don’t test your knowledge; they just test how good of a test take you are. The National Association of College Admission Counseling realized that standardized tests do not judge your abilities. “I felt that my academic grades showcased my performance better,” said Chelsea Mummert, a psychology major at York. “A lot of people can do well in academics but maybe don’t do as well on tests.” Because colleges started to realize that standardized tests do not show students’ abilities, many of them are not requiring students to show their SAT score in their application.
The SAT was designed as an aptitude test, which means that it tests how much you can do. In my opinion, it just test how well you can focus for four hours to fill in bubbles.