On Saturday January 24, 2015, KIS students gathered early in the morning at the first floor of the high school building, awaiting the start of their SATs. This month’s tests included Subjects Tests from a wide variety, including Biology, Literature, US History, and Mathematics Level 1 and 2. Apart from the Subject Tests, KIS offered SAT 1 Tests as well.
The majority of the test-takers were juniors, but there was a surprising amount of sophomores and even freshmen who took the recent test. One out of five test takers were sophomores, and an overwhelming 76% of the test takers were juniors. With Advanced Placement tests approaching and school work never ceasing, it is necessary to recognize the extra time and effort that would have been invested into preparing for January’s critical standardized test.
Knowing that the SAT scores play a vital role in college acceptance, the KIS society naturally grows tense regarding the scores. Because of this, it is of great surprise that 40% of the test takers were absent of regrets and moderately pleased with their performance on the 24th. It is still imperative, however, to be cautious about potential cancellation of test scores due to notorious cheating scandals.
Last October, test prep companies in Korea and China were accused and found guilty of illegally obtaining test materials. Consequently, scores were canceled; not only were the scores of those with an unfair advantage canceled, but also the scores of those who had prepared with dignity. Sarah Choi, a senior at KIS, agreed. “It is unfair that innocent people simply become helpless victims of a heinous crime, in this case, cheating,” she remarked.
Hopefully, this year’s test scores will be clean from crime and accepted by CollegeBoard.
– Becky Yang (’16)