It’s something kind of hard to describe; I’m in the 7th grade and I recently took the SAT for Duke TiP. For some reason, oddly I found it fun testing. The thrill of taking a college-bound test at this age. I enjoy our state standardized testing that were required to do every year. I look forward to that day the most. Even if the tests are hard, I still enjoy it. It is a weird burning passion. Although on tests such as ones in class I don’t really enjoy. I actually tend to score higher on the longer tests than the shorter tests in class. I don’t know if I am just a good test taker or not. Does anyone else have this experience?
@KillerKozmo Yes, but not with the SAT, and definitely not with the state standardized tests I had to take.
I definitely have felt like this before, but part of my enjoyment comes from the unnecessarily thorough packaging of standardized tests. AP Exams are especially wonderful because the seals to close your booklet are really satisfying to apply. I love the excitement of receiving a standardized test score. Also, it’s fun to feel superior when you come across a 5th grade level math problem, and it’s fun to puzzle over harder judgement calls in comprehension questions. Standardized tests are definitely something I will miss when I’m an adult.
It may be that you like this kind of test because you don’t have to (or aren’t expected to) study hard for them, whereas you don’t enjoy school tests because you are. Food for thought, youngster
@KillerKozmo I felt the exact same way when prepping for all my tests. Took practice tests for SAT’s and ACT’s way early. Busted out both LSAT and MCAT books in elementary school actually (and did super bad). Now as a post college grad (Dartmouth '15) and accepted med student (Cornell), I think the early practice served me well.
TLDR: Keep doing you! It’s a gift that these tests aren’t a chore for you. Getting high scores will come that much easier for you.
This is why I’m worried someone will have taken the June 2014 SAT and then taken the January 2016 SAT. If you want to do it properly, take your college matriculation exams in freshman year, then if, as expected, you don’t get a full score, you have 2-3 years to practice the develop the skills to do so.
A college matriculation test is not an IQ test, and even if it were, you could still “cheat” at it through preparation. A college matriculation test merely examines whether or not you have the skills needed to succeed at college, and it’s a good benchmark to know that yes, you can.
I would suspect that any college graduate who went through a sufficiently rigorous curriculum, with 2-6 months preparation for test eccentricities, could get a 2400 on the SAT. It’s a test for undergraduates, who, by graduate student standards, are notoriously ignorant and daft.
It doesn’t really even test that (correlation with college results is pretty weak). All it does–all any test can do–is evaluate how good you are at taking that test.