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Debbie Stier

Ready, set, test!

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It might be time for us all to just calm down about the SAT. Earlier this month, students all over the country—1.5 million of them take the test each year—trundled off to testing centers armed with their calculators and number 2 pencils. The March test date is, of course, too late for graduating seniors, who’ve all already received the college acceptances—and rejection. This month, then, is mostly for practice: for the juniors and maybe even sophomores who want to get an early indication of their strengths and weaknesses. The test, of course, likely won’t demonstrate the takers’ actual academic strengths and weaknesses, just as prepping for the test won’t actually make them smarter or more academically prepared for college. Instead,…

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