Yesterday Jessica took the SAT 2's. This is the second time she has taken this type of test. They are an hour long and you opt to take them. Many schools want you to take at least two. Kids pick a subject that they excel at and take that particular test such as chemistry, history, math, etc.
I am not a huge fan of these tests but you have no choice but to take the test because fighting the system is going to get you no where. Also, how many 17 year old are going to take up the cause against the College Board?
Here is where happened at Jessica's test yesterday. She needed to be there at 745 am. At 10 am, they began to let the kids into the area where the test is being held. So she sat for more than 2 hours waiting. They were not able to give out the tests because they didn't have a proctor. Around 11, the people who were in charge, started handing out the tests and had everyone fill out the info. Still, no proctor. The powers that be put a kid in there who appeared to be around 18 years old and 7 months pregnant who texted on her phone the entire time to be the proctor. Everyone just started to take the test with out anyone telling them to start or any one timing it. The test is supposed to take 60 minutes.
Jessica said that it was so poorly organized that she could have gone from class to class and read the other tests in different subjects and opted to take what ever she felt like. She didn't but she could have. She stuck with what she signed up for. During the test, kids were texting their friends and making phone calls. Although it can't be confirmed but my guess is they were cheating. No proctor was there to monitor the test. The test wasn't held in a quiet environment where one can concentrate. You could have taken an hour and a half to take the test if you wanted because nobody of authority was monitoring the test.
I won't say where the test was taken because why should the kids who follow the rules have their tests canceled out because of what went on in the classroom. Some kids chose to take advantage while others did not.
It is disgusting that the College Board who has established themselves with tests that must be taken to get into college could allow this to happen. It is stressful enough for a 17 year old to prepare, take the test and wait for the results that could make or break their desires to get into their school of choice.
More schools are beginning to not require students to take the test. Until every school jumps on that band wagon, kids will be hard pressed not to take the test. Based on Jessica's experience (each time was similar), all schools should abolish standardized testing.