Most high school students have the option to take SAT Subject Tests during their junior or senior year. Unfortunately, these tests are often scheduled before most seniors have committed to a specific college or university. Many students take these tests in hopes that the credits could get them out of some introductory college courses the next year, and I was one of them.
Although it's been about a year and a half since I took these tests, I distinctly remember the day that I arrived at my high school to take them. I decided to take three of them all in one day, which may have seemed a little too ambitious, but I had heard that they were easy and short enough that I could manage to do well on all three if I came prepared.
Determined, I had prepared for these tests by reviewing Subject Test preparation books and my AP Test workbooks. Although I did feel that I was cramming for these tests, I reassured myself. I often felt that way preparing for quizzes and tests for my classes and ended up doing well on those exams. That day, however, would be an exception.
I arrived at my assigned classroom dressed in comfortable clothing and equipped with any materials I might need. The first test went well, but I had found it more difficult than I had expected. I was optimistic that things would turn around for the second Subject Test, but it ended up being even more difficult than the first. By the end of the second test, I began to feel like I had a minor cold. My nose was running and I had slight chills.
By the third test, I had started shivering, my throat ached and my mind became fuzzier. I didn't even remember taking that last test because my head felt so foggy. After the final test, for which there were only about three other people in the room, I went straight home with the flu.
As expected, I did not do very well on any of those SAT Subject Tests. When I committed to a college for the fall, I realized that the school I would be attending didn't even accept SAT Test Scores for credit. It felt like I had spent so much time stressing about something that only had a negative impact on my life. When I tried to think back on why I took these tests in the first place, I didn't recall doing any research to see if the schools I was considering attending would accept these scores. I realized that I should have considered all of the pros and cons of taking these tests before signing up for any of them instead of piling my workload even higher than usual.
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