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New SAT-10 tests critical thinking skills

Tests and stress are common on campus as the routine of school continues through spring. Campus students tested their abilities during this year’s Stanford Achievement Test 10th edition (SAT10) on April 8 and 9.

The SAT 10, a new type of test format, stressed critical thinking and added a Bible section to the typical SAT 9 tests taken in the past.

Every year students are tested on core subjects to compare the performance of the school with schools nationwide.

“This year there is a bible section,” Pat Unruh, elementary and junior high principal, said. “It tests bible knowledge and application to your life.”

Some students tend not to try their best on the tests because they do not count towards grades or admission to college.

“The test doesn’t count towards my grades or going to college,” Josh Volker, ’04, said. “I try at first but then by the end I am not trying my best because I figure what’s the point.”

Administration encourages students to try their best so they can see where they stand personally and benefit the schools overall score.

“It hurts if parents ask for scores because it will not tell much about them,” Unruh said. “It could also hurt the over all school results. If we have low scores it does not help public relations.”

Campus students scored in the top 70th percentile nationwide. This test is a tool to measure and compare campus students with peers across the nation.

“We have to have a standard of evaluation we can measure against other schools,” Gary Schultz, high school principal, said. “It shows if we are preparing for college and allows us to have a measure against a standard.”

Most students do not look forward to the testing, but because it is required have decided to make the best of it and try their hardest.

“Nobody really looks forward to taking these tests,” Kim Bimat, ’06, said. “But I have decided I have to take it and I might as well make the best of it. Plus I want to see how much I know and what kind of scores I can get.”

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