I’m stressed out and I know it


Weber students spend hours studying for their standardized tests each week.

Talia Neufeld, Social Media Manager

Junior year. One of the most stressful times in a teenager’s life. An academic year filled with the pressures of maintaining a strong GPA, obtaining community service hours, and keeping up with extracurriculars. But, the worst of all: standardized tests. This form of examination has evoked feelings of stress, anxiety, and trepidation throughout the last few years of high school. The ACT and the SAT are the two major tests that the majority of universities in America require students to submit along with their application. These scores have immense power when determining one’s status in the college application process. 

Recently, the Weber School juniors gave their response to a Rampage questionnaire about the ACT/SAT, and the reasoning behind their choice of test. When asked about these specific tests as a whole, students responded with varying opinions. Rachel Cohen, a junior at The Weber School, stated, “I’m taking the ACT because I like the setup better, and I thought it was a lot easier for me to understand and study for. I’m stressed because junior year is already a lot of work, and this is an additive that’s causing me more stress.” Anna Wohlberg, a junior, stated, “I prefer the ACT because it is more math and science based, as these are my strengths and the skills I feel most confident about.”

Along with the strenuous extracurriculars students tend to take during these years, the days feel shorter and time moves faster. Junior Ashira Rabinonowitz shares her views on the stress of standardized testing a whole, when she claimed, “The pressure on a high school junior to make good grades is enough as is. Adding the ACT and SAT to the table, two test that can make or break you college applications, ruins everything.” Junior Daniel Mordoch shares his insight on the practicality of the test, as he stated, “It’s 60% a test on speed and 40% on knowledge.” The test is seen by many as a basic exam of speed, with the skill of being fast as the top priority over basic academic knowledge: science, math, English, and reading. 

Without extended time or accomodations, it takes between 3 to 4 hours to complete the full ACT or SAT. To add on to the practice tests, full tests, and tutor sessions, juniors are stuck in their rooms studying nonstop for hours, in addition to the 8 courses they take each semester. Being a junior is an extremely exhausting emotional path, as many would agree. As a junior, I personally feel as though we are burdened with the stress of keeping up with school, standardized tests, and life in general. Sometimes these expectations can get to the best of us, and we are trampled by the constant pressures that accumulate on top of our busy lives.