Standardized Tests

Testing 1, 2, 3

Mike Brooks was one of many seniors who took the ACT, learning that it's harder to get into college than it is to stay there.
Mike Brooks was one of many seniors who took the ACT, learning that it’s harder to get into college than it is to stay there.

Testing 1, 2, 3, but it never stops there. The students were put through ever so many more. The were graded on their homework, given tests over it, and to top ita all off were given standardized tests to measure their ability to learn.

“Standardized tests, if used right by colleges, are a good thing,” said Susan Stephenson. “I don’t think the evaluation of the student should be based totally on the test, though. Academic records should be used, also.”

These tests were usually long and drawn out, last anywhere from all morning to all day. With the sophisticated forms that had to be filled out in order to apply for the tests, some people never got any further than applying for them.

“I don’t mind  taking the tests, but I don’t like the hassle of registering for them,” said Mark Springer.

But there was definitely a good side to all those tests. What better way was there to get out of school all day, legitimately?

National Merit semi-finalists are, from left, Karen Jones, Steve Yancey and Robert Meyer.
National Merit semi-finalists are, from left, Karen Jones, Steve Yancey and Robert Meyer.

— 1976 Amethyst

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