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On April 12, Everett high school students had a day off, except for the juniors and sophomores. On Tuesday, juniors spent the school day taking their SAT and sophomores took their pre-SAT. This is the first year Everett students have taken the SAT instead of the ACT.
“I panicked when I heard we would be taking the SAT instead of the ACT because we just have been taught how to take the SAT,” said sophomore Emirald Potter, who took the pre-SAT.
Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. The SAT test covers reading, writing and language, and math; but no science. There is a essay part of the exam, but it is counted as its own section.
“SAT questions were not straightforward so you had to take time and think about things,” said sophomore Jennifer Tran.
ACT questions were more based on common sense. The SAT is a longer exam than ACT, but that is because there is more thinking and analyzing to it. The SAT essay is like a typical college writing assignment, where the test taker is asked to analyze a text.
“By the end of the test I was so tired that I just wanted to bubble answers in,” said Potter.
SAT testing is a struggle for most students because it is multiple test in a row for hours. Students were allowed small breaks in between different parts to allow them to breath. There are total of 170 questions in the SAT not including the essay.
“The more points you are able to get, the more you can miss,” said junior Jalen Williams.
SAT is scored on a scale of 400–1600. The test taker can score up to 800 points on each section.
For students wondering when they can know their score, the College Board is holding scores until after the May 2016 administration.