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UC Schools Go Test Blind

UC schools have gone test blind, or will not consider ACT or SAT scores, for college admissions. The decision came about after a judge sided with attorneys representing disabled students

The Truth Behind “Adversity” and What it Means for Irvine Students
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The Truth Behind “Adversity” and What it Means for Irvine Students

By NEHA BHARDWAJ Staff Writer The debate over how much a student’s background should influence college admissions is not a new one. In recent years, the link between background and admissions has been brought to the forefront of public interest and news, as seen with the 2014 Harvard lawsuit, in which Harvard was accused of...

The college admissions process: what should we value?
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The college admissions process: what should we value?

By ARIANA APOSTOL Staff Writer Who is a better applicant – a Latino-American student in Santa Ana who has a 2174 SAT score, parents with no college education, a family income less than $40,000 a year and a full time job, or an Asian-American student in Irvine who has a 2350 SAT score, a family income...

Decrease in National Merit semifinalists
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Decrease in National Merit semifinalists

By AVA WELSH News Editor This year, 22 UHS students qualified as semifinalists for the National Merit scholarship. This number decreased from last year’s count of 48 semifinalists. The scholarship is based on students’ scores on the PSAT taken during their junior year, as well as the SAT itself. Semifinalist Michelle Chow (Sr.) said, “The ACT is bigger now, and if you...

The College Board: a nonprofit making millions
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The College Board: a nonprofit making millions

  By EMMA HSU Staff Writer The College Board: well-known across the world of education and very well-known here at University High School (UHS). Most college entry standardized testing, score reporting and sending is done through the College Board. It is essentially an indispensable part of most college application processes and, thus, reaches numerous students...

New SAT: testing opportunity
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New SAT: testing opportunity

Upgrades to the evil test are coming soon. In its “Delivering Opportunity and the Redesigned SAT” website, the College Board and its President, David Coleman, announced on March 5 that changes to the SAT and Preliminary SAT (PSAT) will be effective from March 2016. The total possible score will be 1600 because the current reading...

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To SAT or not to SAT

According to the Princeton Review, every college and university in the United States accepts the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) with no preference to either test. Instead, students are encouraged to research which test best suits their abilities based on the test’s structure and emphasis. Because studies have shown that girls...

The “Aptitude” test
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The “Aptitude” test

The standardized testing industry is a lucrative business. College Board, which writes and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other tests, reported in its 2012 forum that the overall revenue of these tests was just over $705 million. Despite the high costs of standardized tests, millions of students worldwide take them in hopes of...

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Forty-five UHS students qualify for National Merit

 On September 16, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its nationwide semifinalists, of which 286 were students from Orange County. Out of those 286 students, 84 attend schools in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). Approximately 1.5 million juniors took the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) in 2013, but only 16,000 students with a score...