The College Board is the savior of high school students


Stephanie Mayer

A few post-it notes with pro-College Board sentiments surround a large “AP,” signifying Advanced Placement courses, one of the companies most notable additions to the high school experience. AP and SAT testing has veritably been a large part of the lives of innumerable students.

The College Board—the name of a company so near and dear to millions of students—is probably the most important aspect of high school. We all know and love it for providing us with our much anticipated SAT and AP final exams, something that all high school students just seem to adore.

I know that, for myself, my life almost completely revolves around my AP courses. I just couldn’t wait to take AP exams this year—to worry endlessly about what was to be on the fated exam at the end of the course, to stay up the night before fretting about not having studied nearly hard enough, and to agonize months afterward about whether or not I actually failed that Calculus exam.  It’s quite an exciting way to spend your life, might I add.

I can say the same for the SAT, as well. I remember the day I took my first SAT: I was nearly late and almost cried after I finished–not that I was afraid that I wouldn’t get a score anywhere near what I needed–I was just so happy to be given such a wonderful opportunity.

Obviously, without the abundant stress that the AP exams and SAT place on you, there isn’t any real point to high school, so it’s important to be constantly inundated with information that will make or break your future success. High school is quite clearly meant only for cramming information, and without the workload placed on you by standardized testing and applying to college, is there any real hardship in education?

And without hardship, how can students be prepared for the real world? Contrary to popular belief, the real world is not making your way through your interests and using common sense. It’s about storing information into your head for about two minutes to pretend that you know it and then forgetting it half a second later.

The College Board—or, as I like to call it, the cynosure of my high school career—has one singular goal: to prepare students for college. The aforementioned program seeks solely to show students that a true love of learning can only pertain to math or language, a noble cause. And by requiring so much on exams, The College Board is actually doing us students a favor. I relish feeling supremely stressed out because it makes me realize that high school and my teenage years shouldn’t be enjoyable; obviously, they’re meant only for studying, and College Board has helped me accurately comprehend that important truth.

Unlike some people may claim, The College Board’s main focus is obviously not to make money. Yes, maybe exams are expensive, and yes, maybe you have to pay a lot of money to send them to colleges when the process could be free, but this money all goes towards making the exams even more rigorous, which is an important cause. All the money that our school and peers shell out to College Board, in the end, helps future generations in realizing just how important a numerical score is at explaining your complex self.

Achievement tests like the SAT are really the only way to show what you’ve learned and how smart you are, because obviously, if you aren’t intelligent in one of two ways, then you’re actually just dumb. Oh, you’re an artist or a history fanatic, but not too good in the math department? Never fear your terrible SAT score, you can still get into college, just not any of the ones to which you actually want to go. If it’s not a subject on the SAT, it really doesn’t matter at all, so it’s probably better that you get some interest that are in line with College Board’s. Thank you, College Board, for helping us make that pivotal distinction.

It’s also quite the relief that one exam determines your entire academic future. I mean, you get it out of the way super quickly (unless, of course, if you’re aiming for a high score. In that case, you’ll need to take it at least three times), and it’s so not stressful to have your college acceptance riding on the number of questions you get right on one little test.  Once again, College Board has provided us with the important knowledge that the summation of our time at high school can all be culminated in one number. And that thought is just awesome.

Furthermore, I really love that my class time is devoted not to learning material because of my interest and to determine my future career. I focus on making sure that I get a whole bunch of college credit years before I even enter college, the way high school should be. Taking college-level courses as a high school student? That makes total sense to me.

Through this article, I hope I’ve cemented in you the love that I feel, and the love that you should feel, for the biggest stressor in most high school students’ lives—the omnipresent and exceedingly helpful College Board.  May the odds of getting a 5 on your AP Human Geography exam or over a 1500 on the SAT be ever in your favor; you’ll need it.