I am in 10th grade and in all AP and honors classes. I’ve been taking the PARCC because I was informed that it will help me on future tests such as the SATS and there was a rumor going around that you needed to pass the PARCC in order to graduate. I was completely and utterly misinformed.
First of all, I am missing valuable weeks of preparing for my AP tests for a test that does not even remotely have purpose. I’ve been taking this exam on a Chrome book, which might I add are severely small and very difficult to type on. For the essays at the end of each test, I can not even use tab to indent my paragraphs yet an administrator in my school said that five-paragraph essays were expected.
There were some major difficulties logging in and when it came to the actual test. I discovered that the questions were very vague and unclear. For example, it wanted me to click a sentence that best summarized Paragraph 14. I looked at the excerpt given to me and there were only 13 paragraphs. I assumed it wanted me to go back to a previous piece I read to answer that question.
Next, I know for certain that there are at least three different versions of this English test. I got three reading excerpts (which were obnoxiously long and easily lost my attention) while some of my friends got only two reading excerpts and a three-minute video to answer questions on. Not to mention that the questions, if you can even understand them, have a few answers that may apply based on interpretation.
I have been misinformed, and my self-confidence has been lowered as a result of this test, as I can not even remotely answer some of the questions.
Also, my school has a block schedule so for the classes I actually can attend, there’s only half a class present so the teacher doesn’t start a new lesson. I can’t even fathom what the Algebra 2 test will be like.
For starters, I’m only a little over halfway through my Algebra 2 course, yet I am expected to take a PARCC on it? We took the Algebra 2 PARCC pretest in class. I am ranked at [the top of] my class and I couldn’t answer one question on this pretest.
These PARCC exams have done nothing but mess with my valuable class time and significantly lower my confidence in my competence as a student. A large majority of my classmates are not taking this exam seriously because it honestly feels like a joke.
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