Let Students Demonstrate Their Full Ability: Push Back ACT & (P)SAT Starting Times

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Last December I took the SAT, and in order to get there on time I had to set my alarm for 5:45 am. Now I don't know about you, but when I wake up before 6 I have trouble speaking a coherent sentence let alone doing a math problem. This becomes an issue when you have to take an exam like the SAT with such a big influence on your future education. Which is what led me to start this petition... and to ask "Why so early?".


There are thousands of articles and research papers posted online which explain why teenagers are so groggy in the morning. These articles point not to individual teenage behavior but to human biology. The teenage brain does not have the ability to function so early in the morning. We see evidence of this when the test scores of adolescents who took an exam early in the morning and adolescents who took an exam later in the day (who were allowed to sleep later) are compared. The group who took the exam later in the day did better. 

And the same could be the case if the SAT and ACT were moved to later in the day. Students could see an increase in SAT and ACT scores, and by signing this petition you show your support in offering the option to take standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, AP exams and PSAT later in day. 



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