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2022-11-07 5:41:37 AM  
Why are they doing it on paper? My entrance exam into university and nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam was all proctored on the computer. Anyway, the SAT is pure garbage. As are most entrance exams.
 
2022-11-07 5:48:52 AM  
How can that be?  I saw a documentary on how secure these standardized tests are!
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2022-11-07 6:15:30 AM  
If you have X number of SAT answer sheets in your van, and Y number of ballots fly out the window, and the speed of wind is Z, calculate the average number of pissed off high school students.
 
2022-11-07 6:27:11 AM  

king of vegas: If you have X number of SAT answer sheets in your van, and Y number of ballots fly out the window, and the speed of wind is Z, calculate the average number of pissed off high school students.


Answer:  Chicken Petunia.
 
2022-11-07 6:51:51 AM  
I have a recurring dream where I discover that sue to an administrative error I technically didn't finish school as a child, and because of that, nothing I've accomplished since then actually counts unless I go back and make up whatever grade I'm missing.

It's usually high school, and involves all the anxiety of attempting to find my classes plus all the dirty looks from students, parents, and teachers who are very confused about what I'm doing there, but on at least one occasion I discovered I hadn't finished kindergarten and found myself seated cross-legged on a mat surrounded by five-year olds arguing with the teacher about a subtle physics error in something she'd just said.
 
2022-11-07 6:52:20 AM  
Could be worse. I had to retake the bar exam because the pandemic resulted in it being given online with faulty software that wasn't properly tested resulting in a catastrophic number of issues at test time. Including all of our computers being compromised by Russian malware...

https://abcnews.go.com/US/law-school-graduates-florida-bar-test-software-compromised/story?id=72595442
 
2022-11-07 7:12:54 AM  

delysid25: Could be worse. I had to retake the bar exam because the pandemic resulted in it being given online with faulty software that wasn't properly tested resulting in a catastrophic number of issues at test time. Including all of our computers being compromised by Russian malware...

https://abcnews.go.com/US/law-school-graduates-florida-bar-test-software-compromised/story?id=72595442


Worst part is that the prize is being a lawyer in Florida

/am a lawyer in Florida
//Congratulations/condolences
 
2022-11-07 7:16:31 AM  

indylaw: delysid25: Could be worse. I had to retake the bar exam because the pandemic resulted in it being given online with faulty software that wasn't properly tested resulting in a catastrophic number of issues at test time. Including all of our computers being compromised by Russian malware...

https://abcnews.go.com/US/law-school-graduates-florida-bar-test-software-compromised/story?id=72595442

Worst part is that the prize is being a lawyer in Florida

/am a lawyer in Florida
//Congratulations/condolences


was going to make a "at least you didn't become a lawyer" joke but you seem immensely more qualified to do speak on this,
 
2022-11-07 7:51:53 AM  
I can't count the number of times the UPS truck delivered my packages to the wrong place and never heard from them again. Waste of a mail carrier.
 
2022-11-07 7:53:46 AM  
If it's the same test (and I assume that's what standardized means) and they can remember the questions they didn't know the answers to and they have time to look them up, isn't this a good thing?
 
2022-11-07 7:55:43 AM  
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2022-11-07 7:57:17 AM  

Mugato: If it's the same test (and I assume that's what standardized means) and they can remember the questions they didn't know the answers to and they have time to look them up, isn't this a good thing?


I don't think that's what standardized means

/ not a US resident or citizen
 
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2022-11-07 8:09:29 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: I have a recurring dream where I discover that sue to an administrative error I technically didn't finish school as a child, and because of that, nothing I've accomplished since then actually counts unless I go back and make up whatever grade I'm missing.

It's usually high school, and involves all the anxiety of attempting to find my classes plus all the dirty looks from students, parents, and teachers who are very confused about what I'm doing there, but on at least one occasion I discovered I hadn't finished kindergarten and found myself seated cross-legged on a mat surrounded by five-year olds arguing with the teacher about a subtle physics error in something she'd just said.


Found Adam Sandlers fark account
 
2022-11-07 8:11:23 AM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: How can that be?  I saw a documentary on how secure these standardized tests are!
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C'mon, Emma!
 
2022-11-07 8:13:19 AM  

king of vegas: If you have X number of SAT answer sheets in your van, and Y number of ballots fly out the window, and the speed of wind is Z, calculate the average number of pissed off high school students.


Ballots
 
2022-11-07 8:16:45 AM  

Nimbull: I can't count the number of times the UPS truck delivered my packages to the wrong place and never heard from them again. Waste of a mail carrier.


CSB: I have an ahole next door neighbor who received a package that was supposed to be delivered to me. I went over to ask for it, but he insisted he never got a package, despite the fact I watched the UPS guy deliver it there. It was some cheap $10 item so I just let it go.

Fast forward a year. My doorbell rings at 2AM. I climb out of bed and go to the door. Two pizzas sitting on the porch, delivery driver already gone. I bring them in and see that the addressee is ahole neighbor. Cool, free pizza.

It went in the fridge for the next day. It was mighty tasty.

The next night I put the empty pizza boxes on his porch, just to troll. Would've loved to have seen the look on his face the next morning when he found them. Never heard from him about it, though.
 
2022-11-07 8:17:10 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: I have a recurring dream where I discover that sue to an administrative error I technically didn't finish school as a child, and because of that, nothing I've accomplished since then actually counts unless I go back and make up whatever grade I'm missing.

It's usually high school, and involves all the anxiety of attempting to find my classes plus all the dirty looks from students, parents, and teachers who are very confused about what I'm doing there, but on at least one occasion I discovered I hadn't finished kindergarten and found myself seated cross-legged on a mat surrounded by five-year olds arguing with the teacher about a subtle physics error in something she'd just said.


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2022-11-07 8:18:49 AM  

Nimbull: I can't count the number of times the UPS truck delivered my packages to the wrong place and never heard from them again. Waste of a mail carrier.


UPS has nothing to do with the mail
 
2022-11-07 8:23:38 AM  

ZaphodTheSmall: Mugato: If it's the same test (and I assume that's what standardized means) and they can remember the questions they didn't know the answers to and they have time to look them up, isn't this a good thing?

I don't think that's what standardized means

/ not a US resident or citizen


Well it wouldn't be fair to give them different tests. It wouldn't be fair to give them the same one either but the students aren't the ones who farked up and lost them.
 
2022-11-07 8:50:36 AM  

cheap_thoughts: Why are they doing it on paper? My entrance exam into university and nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam was all proctored on the computer. Anyway, the SAT is pure garbage. As are most entrance exams.


Yes, surely they could have at least scanned the documents.

Ah, the infamous "sour grapes" response! You didn't do as well as you hoped for on the SAT, did you? That bad, eh? Tsch.
 
2022-11-07 9:01:49 AM  

chitownmike: Nimbull: I can't count the number of times the UPS truck delivered my packages to the wrong place and never heard from them again. Waste of a mail carrier.

UPS has nothing to do with the mail


Yeah... they have to be able to deliver the packages to the correct house to qualify for a real mail carrier you send packages through. :)
 
2022-11-07 9:08:18 AM  
For question #26:

g(x) = 2x - 3

==> g(4) = 8 -3 = 5

The answer is A.
 
2022-11-07 9:10:50 AM  

cheap_thoughts: Why are they doing it on paper? My entrance exam into university and nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam was all proctored on the computer. Anyway, the SAT is pure garbage. As are most entrance exams.


I run SAT testing - it's because you have a bunch of kids coming from a bunch of different schools and you can't securely give them the test online unless you provide the devices, and most schools don't have them to provide on a Saturday morning.
 
2022-11-07 9:11:35 AM  

king of vegas: If you have X number of SAT answer sheets in your van, and Y number of ballots fly out the window, and the speed of wind is Z, calculate the average number of pissed off high school students.


African or European High School Students?
 
2022-11-07 9:24:21 AM  
I just have so many questions about how this happened. Did they just hand the answer sheets to the driver paperclipped together, and he threw them on the passenger seat and was driving with the door wide open?
 
2022-11-07 10:29:38 AM  
Meh.  It's another 4 hours on a Saturday.  Most of them will be more relaxed after going through it once, so might actually do better the second time.

When I was prepping for the GRE, I bought a set of 3 practice exams.  4 weeks from the actual test, I treated the first practice test like the real thing: woke up early on a Saturday, went to the library, took the test using a timer, etc.  Repeated the process the next Saturday, and the Saturday after that.  When it came time to take the actual test, I was bored with the whole process, while everyone around me was visibly stressed out about it.

Even if they hadn't lost my answer sheet, I'd probably welcome the opportunity to take it again for free.
 
2022-11-07 11:02:11 AM  

indy_kid: Meh.  It's another 4 hours on a Saturday.  Most of them will be more relaxed after going through it once, so might actually do better the second time.


I took it twice.  Had the same total score each time, but my combined score was 30pts higher.
Stress level was definitely lower second time, but so was effort as I had done well enough
 
2022-11-07 11:42:27 AM  
UPS should have to cover the costs of retaking the SAT for those affected as well as expediting shipping of the completed tests for grading/scoring so it can be completed as soon as possible.
 
2022-11-07 12:53:57 PM  

lizaardvark: cheap_thoughts: Why are they doing it on paper? My entrance exam into university and nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam was all proctored on the computer. Anyway, the SAT is pure garbage. As are most entrance exams.

Yes, surely they could have at least scanned the documents.

Ah, the infamous "sour grapes" response! You didn't do as well as you hoped for on the SAT, did you? That bad, eh? Tsch.


I kick ass at standardized tests because one-off feats of memory and short writing are easier for me than, like, a semester of getting homework in on time.  This is to say that I have ample motive for wanting that system to continue.

Too bad they're still a garbage way to judge students' entire academic potential <3
 
2022-11-07 1:28:56 PM  
This sticks, because some Texas schools require SAT or ACT results before 1 Dec - will the College Board argue on these students' behalf to admissions departments, or are these students now unable to apply to UT and A&am?
 
2022-11-07 1:35:36 PM  
Don't worry, after the GOP takes over again, we are getting rid of all colleges other than Liberty, Oral Roberts, and Bob Jones anyway.
 
2022-11-07 1:36:08 PM  
My impression is that a lot of schools have moved away from SAT requirements in recent years. Has that trend reversed?
 
2022-11-07 1:38:51 PM  

Arkanaut: My impression is that a lot of schools have moved away from SAT requirements in recent years. Has that trend reversed?


Not really, with all of the schools we've applied for so far this year with a HS senior.... most still are "test optional".
 
2022-11-07 1:41:27 PM  

Mugato: ZaphodTheSmall: Mugato: If it's the same test (and I assume that's what standardized means) and they can remember the questions they didn't know the answers to and they have time to look them up, isn't this a good thing?

I don't think that's what standardized means

/ not a US resident or citizen

Well it wouldn't be fair to give them different tests. It wouldn't be fair to give them the same one either but the students aren't the ones who farked up and lost them.


From what I remember*, in any given year, there are a few different tests that are given out. When students take the test, they have to put in the code of the test that they are taking so that they can be properly scored.

* I've tutored SAT's a few times over the last several years, but I'm not privy to the internal details of how The College Board operates.
 
2022-11-07 2:48:17 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: I have a recurring dream where I discover that sue to an administrative error I technically didn't finish school as a child, and because of that, nothing I've accomplished since then actually counts unless I go back and make up whatever grade I'm missing.

It's usually high school, and involves all the anxiety of attempting to find my classes plus all the dirty looks from students, parents, and teachers who are very confused about what I'm doing there, but on at least one occasion I discovered I hadn't finished kindergarten and found myself seated cross-legged on a mat surrounded by five-year olds arguing with the teacher about a subtle physics error in something she'd just said.


I kinda know how that feels. I used to have a recurring dream where I got a call or letter from my college saying they made a mistake, I never completed my course work, therefore I didn't graduate with my degrees. It always came down to the same thing: I never took math courses in college so I never fulfilled that prerequisite. I'm glad that dream stopped because whenever I woke up from it I felt like I was on the leading or trailing edge of a panic attack.
 
2022-11-07 2:56:55 PM  
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2022-11-07 4:27:38 PM  

Arkanaut: From what I remember*, in any given year, there are a few different tests that are given out. When students take the test, they have to put in the code of the test that they are taking so that they can be properly scored.

* I've tutored SAT's a few times over the last several years, but I'm not privy to the internal details of how The College Board operates.


Well there, I dunno. I scored high as shiat on my SATs but chose to go to a state college anyway because I was majoring in computer science and didn't need to go to MIT for that. So I got a BS in that boring shiat and regretted that and went to film school so my SATs didn't really mean shiat.

If you're going to be a lawyer or an accountant or some other bullshiat, do well on your SATs and go to an Ivy League School.
 
2022-11-07 4:42:17 PM  

Mugato: If you're going to be a lawyer or an accountant or some other bullshiat, do well on your SATs and go to an Ivy League School.


Only if you want to be a fancy lawyer or a fancy accountant at a big firm. Most lawyers and accountants do fine coming from state schools!

And in any case the Ivies look a lot more at essays, extracurriculars, and "leadership qualities" than most other schools do, so just good SAT scores wouldn't actually get you anywhere.
 
2022-11-08 1:46:14 AM  

lizaardvark: cheap_thoughts: Why are they doing it on paper? My entrance exam into university and nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam was all proctored on the computer. Anyway, the SAT is pure garbage. As are most entrance exams.

Yes, surely they could have at least scanned the documents.

Ah, the infamous "sour grapes" response! You didn't do as well as you hoped for on the SAT, did you? That bad, eh? Tsch.


Nope, never had to take them. The university just required a placement exam for English and math. Which was just a test on the computer.
 
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