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COVID-19 changes college admission process

In recent years, less and less students have taken standardized tests. Due to COVID-19, many SAT and ACT test dates have been cancelled, leading to many colleges opting to go test optional for the class of 2021. This means that the percent of students taking the ACT, the SAT or both will drop drastically this coming year.

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline

April 20, 2020

With schools closed, testing requirements are adapted or optional. But will they ever change back?

Mia Schubert

Junior Mia Schubert shares the struggles and concerns about testing impacted by COVID-19.

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline

April 8, 2020

SAT, AP, Subject tests. How are students, especially juniors like Schubert, dealing with the changes in standardized test?

[SPA THINKS] What makes you nervous about school?

Junior Olivia Lagos studies during a free block in Old Main.

Jenny Ries, The Rubicon

September 13, 2019

No longer on the flexible schedule of summer, homework and time management move into student mindset.

$1.2 million gets you into Yale? Students aren’t surprised

Corruption runs rampant in the admissions process at schools like Stanford, Yale, USC and UT Austin. Photo Illustration: Noah Raaum.

Noah Raaum, Creative Design Manager

March 13, 2019

There's a foolproof way of getting kids into big-name schools like Yale, Stanford and USC: bribery.

Juniors prepare for the PSAT

Pia Schultz, Class of 2020

Elle Chen, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018

As first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year wrapped up, many juniors at SPA took on another challenge on top of their already overwhelming school work: the PSAT.

Standardized testing season takes over and students feel the squeeze

Students feel the pressure as they enter the fall test season and prepare for more standardized testing in the spring.

Lauren Boettcher, News Editor

November 6, 2015

The stakes are high for many students when it comes to standardized testing, resulting in increased stress levels.

Two Sides, One Issue: Standardized Testing

Two Sides, One Issue: Standardized Testing

Javier Whitaker-Castañeda, Print Managing Editor

October 19, 2015

Should students be notified of standardized tests sooner? or should focus be drawn away from standardized testing at school?

Juniors anticipate redesigned PSAT

The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT is now notably longer and scored on a 1600 scale rather than a 240 scale (and for the SAT, 1600 instead of 2400), and both the SAT and PSAT now have two instead of three sections.

Diane Huang, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2015

The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on Oct. 14 for the class of 2017 at 8 A.M.

Twenty-eight students take a new revised format of SAT

The majority of students reacted positively to the extra test session for math SAT practice, according to Director of College Counseling and Academic Planning, Mary Hill. “It gave students exposure to the new testing format, an inside take on what the new testing format would be about,” she said.

Noor Qureishy, Student Life editor

December 2, 2014

The smell of freshly printed paper, sharpened pencils, and anxiety fills the air as test season emerges for Upper School students at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. Despite approaching midterms, nine sophomores and nineteen juniors chose to participate in an extra session of math SAT practice before school on Wednesday, Nov. 12th in an attempt to increase their chances of success regarding the new SAT test format, which will come out in 2016.