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June SATs will not be administered at WHS

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Pictured above is Wayland High School's testing information webpage. Although WHS has administered the June SATs in the past, it will not do so this year. “I would really feel quite comfortable taking the test at WHS. I think it would calm people down a bit,” freshman Julia Reck said.

As the school year comes to a close, students have begun preparing for their SAT subject tests. These tests, commonly known as the SAT IIs, evaluate students on their knowledge of a certain subject, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, literature or foreign languages.

Students are expected to sign up for these exams through the College Board website. When students sign up, they must choose the location of the test center from a drop-down menu. The later students apply, the less options are available. This is due to the limited amount of seats available at each test center.

“I’m taking the Chemistry SAT II at Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Mass,” sophomore Sten Shearer said. “Coincidentally, I’m taking this SAT at the same school where I took the Biology SAT II last year. I signed up late last year too, so I figure that’s why I got sent to Lynn instead of somewhere closer.”

The last testing date for the subject tests this school year is on June 7. These tests are administered at a range of high schools across the US. However, on this day, the range of schools does not include Wayland High School. This year, WHS offered the subject tests in October and May. The November and June SATs are no longer being administered at the school.

“It would be a lot easier [taking the test at WHS]. I would take the test anywhere, but it’s kind of annoying having to get up at 5 in the morning to go take it,” freshman Julia Reck said, who is taking a subject test in Taunton.

Some students believe that if WHS offered the upcoming subject tests, it would be more convenient for those who applied at a later time.

“When I have to drive for an hour or so to get to my testing area, it certainly makes the test seem like a much bigger deal considering the time and effort it takes just to get there,” Shearer said. “If the SATs were held at WHS, that would be nice for me to not have to drive such a long way to take the test.”

Along with the question of convenience comes the question of comfort.

“I would really feel quite comfortable taking the test [at WHS]. I think it would calm people down a bit,” Reck said. “It is kind of stressful going to go to a different town in order to take the test, and even if it is very important, it doesn’t help knowing you have to go outside your hometown to take it.”

Other students, on the other hand, don’t mind that the tests are held at different high schools.

“I would think little of it if at all if I were going to take it at the WHS compared to Milestone [Day School], but at least I know where I’m going. I have no idea where Milestone Day School is,” freshman Steven Luo said. “I just need to know where the test is and in which room I need to go, which applies to all schools, including Wayland High School.”

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    nahJun 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Why is the real question… insufficient article.

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      goodyJun 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

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