Make the SAT Free for all High School Students

Make the SAT Free for all High School Students

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Joe Warchal started this petition to College Board and

Hello everybody, my name is Joe and I'm an upcoming high school junior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like many other students in the nation, my sophomore year was a year when I began to really gear up for my college career. I enrolled in my first Advanced Placement course, and took the PSAT with all of my classmates. One day around November in my AP Euro class, I began to really think about the way that the College Board is organized, and how this mysterious, and practically unreachable organization plays a major role in deciding the fate of millions of American students each year. When I brought up my thoughts to my teacher, he suggested that I write someone a letter, which I had published in my school's newspaper. After many people read it, I realized that many of my classmates felt just the same way as I did, and that someone had to speak up to make real change. As the months went by, I researched this topic more and more, until eventually in mid May, 2019, the College Board announced their utilization of new "Adversity Points". Although this point system was released with positive intentions, it was created in response to an overwhelming amount of students who cannot afford to take the SAT multiple times, or even afford extra preparation. When I learned that this was the reasoning behind the new system, I was absolutely appalled. I know that I am not alone in believing that every student in the United States deserves an equal opportunity to take the SAT at least once, and that there are no better voices for change on this topic than those who live it on a day to day basis. With the SAT requiring a fee, students living in tough conditions are practically set up for failure, and nobody in power seems to pay attention to this. Currently, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Washington D.C. provide the SAT to all students for free, along with various school districts across states the states of Tennessee and California. In the forty states that do not offer free SATs, students living in poorer areas often struggle to come up with the $50-$100 fee to take this life-defining standardized test. In other cases, students who can afford that fee could instead put their money towards an SAT prep class or tutoring session. The benefits of providing a free SAT are too many to list here, however I think it is also notable to mention that a free exam would likely be administered to students on a weekday in school, rather than on the typical Saturday morning. In the end, I truly believe that every student, regardless of his/her situation, deserves an equal opportunity to make the most of him or herself. 

To achieve this goal, I am hoping to contact the College Board's CEO and Executive Board, and hopefully local and national leaders such as congress members, mayors, senators, and representatives. I would be honored for anybody who agrees with this cause to leave a comment, idea, or maybe even a personal story when he/she signs because these will be amazing sentiments to refer to if we achieve our goal of meeting with someone who can put this change into effect. 


Thank you so much for your time, and PLEASE spread this cause to your teachers, friends, family members, local leaders, and anybody else who you believe could contribute to making.a difference!

 

 

 

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