The in-school SAT from somebody who didn’t take it

While the junior class took the SAT, I took a journalistic detour and missed school for the writing of this article

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The delicious PDQ and my lunch on Wednesday.

The delicious PDQ and my lunch on Wednesday.

Photo provided by Kyle Cunningham

Photo provided by Kyle Cunningham

The delicious PDQ and my lunch on Wednesday.

Kyle Cunningham, Staff Writer

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On April 5th, 2017, the junior class was given a golden opportunity to take the SAT in school. The College Board test was given in hopes of fostering higher college involvement and academic achievement via an ultimatum of sorts by Pinellas County requiring all high school juniors to take the test. Instead, I took a personal day. I slept in, went to lunch, kicked my feet back and so-on. Why, you may ask? Well, I missed the test with the express purpose of writing this article!

The SAT is difficult, which makes it even more difficult to adequately explain if absent on test day. Yet, it can be said that, as soon as the class of 2018 began their day (while I continued my cozy slumber at home), they were greeted by proctors and testing directions. I can also assert with confidence that as I woke up from my much needed rest, the junior class that I humbly reside in began a stringent test, one with unrelenting math and science. Painful as it was for me to drag my car to lunch and struggle through the delectable chicken at PDQ, it is possible that the testing students may have been facing a more difficult time as they battled through three and a half hours of algebraic battalions and grammatical lesions; maliciously crafted problems intended to decimate, not only the day of the students testing, but their collegiate hopes as well. Upon my return to school, after a truly strenuous day, I was utterly flabbergasted upon finding my peers in a daze, seemingly zombified by the trials of the SAT. It was a weary Wednesday for the juniors at East Lake.

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