Cons Of Standardized Testing

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Standardized tests: SAT, ACT, PSAT, ITBS, and Accuplacer. These tests, plus many more, are required to be taken in high score if higher education is wanted. Most people who take these tests do not find them adequate, but rather disappointing. The students born from 2000 on are not attempting to try as hard in school as those who came before them. As these students try less and less each year, the passing rate for standardized tests lower too. From 2000 to 2009, the United States’ students slipped from eighteenth place to thirty-first place in the math category (“Standardized”). Even those students who try their hardest have trouble with these tests. Due to the immense range of knowledge and skills students are required to understand, it is …show more content…
Test anxiety is the belief students have making them believe that they will automatically do bad. Those who have it most often do perform badly. Test anxiety can be caused by failing a test once and believing that it is impossible for them to ever pass another test. The ones who suffer with this do not have it by choice. It occurs naturally to some. It is not impossible to overcome this, but many have troubles overcoming it, making tests harder for them to pass. For many people passing is not an option. Even though these students are smart and understand the information given to them, many cannot show it on the tests (“Pros”). The incapability to pass these test can harm the students individually, not allowing them to attend the colleges they want to. Applying for college itself is already stressful, not passing these tests can add on to that stress. Stress can lead to opposing results. Having stressful events in mind while testing could affect the scores of the test. It could make students change their answers and choice a different answer than what they had originally thought was the correct …show more content…
Students are ranked on how well they perform to one another. Students should not have to worry about how well they are going to do on a test, but rather focus more on their school subjects. These tests should not be a way of determining if a certain student can go to college. It is understandable that certain colleges only accept a certain amount of students with a certain amount of education, but these tests are unreliable and do not measure the performance of a student. These tests are only capable of giving stress to students and the educators of the students. Receiving a specific grade on a test should not harm the chances of students to experience life the college of their dreams. Many students are lucky enough to go to school, let alone have to pass a test to get into another school. The students who perform well on every test they take have a very high advantage than those who naturally do not perform well on tests. Some test takers make themselves so nervous and stressed out over these tests that it interacts badly on their scores. Comprehending material is much different learning with a teacher than it seems reading it on a test. Tests naturally make students freak and make them more flustered about what their scores might be. Many students compare their students with those of others. There are different types of people who take these tests so the scores of others should not be comparable.

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