SOLC 13 of 31: The SAT- A Teenage Rite of Passage

Today is SAT day for my daughter. As I drove her to the school to take the test, she bemoaned about how much she didn’t want to take it. I understand, completely. Who wants to spend their Saturday morning taking a 4 hour standardized test that may not even be needed? In fact, most colleges are now going test-optional as a result of the pandemic. She’s not a great test-taker. I’m not a great test-taker. Maybe she’s not, because I’m not. Or maybe she’s not because she thinks she’s not. Who knows?

Nonetheless, for years and years, for HS students, taking the SAT has been a rite of passage. Everyone has suffered through them once or twice. Maybe they’ve even taken a prep class. Lots of hours spent studying about multiple choice question strategies and how to pace yourself through the test. And sometimes, even to this day, somehow, the topic of how you scored on your SATs still comes up in adult conversation!

As we drove to the school I reassured her that she’d be fine and would conquer this rite of passage – soon she’ll have her own SAT story to tell – most likely that her mom made her take it and it wasn’t even necessary!


  1. Anita Ferreri said,

    March 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    This is one of those rights of passage that I would be willing to eliminate! It is hard/impossible to know who will succeed in college but there is no test for persistence and resilience that do seem to make a difference in getting through life!

  2. Suzanne said,

    March 13, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    You bring up two such important points! First the whole “Rite of Passage” notion. Even though that keeps shifting as those rites change. Second the fact that kids have always done what their parents wanted them to do and hated it! Then they turn around and do the same thing to their own kids. Hahaha! I love how normal this post is!

  3. March 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    This brings back memories for me as a student and parent. I went out the night before I took mine. My kids did not. It is definitely a rite of passage but some of the most successful and happy people don’t do well on standardized tests.

  4. caroline524 said,

    March 15, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I can’t believe she took the SAT. I am feeling old. I hope you read to her your post from Day 11.

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