TAKS is in the Air

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These are the days when everybody would love to be a senior! When TAKS  comes around, freshman, sophomores, and juniors all dread the week long preparation and taking of the TAKS test, while the majority of the seniors get to have eventful days filled with activities. They have a plan set for the week filled with graduation preparations , movies, going to the park, and the option to study for AP tests coming our way after the TAKS test.

For the juniors, it is the most important year for the TAKS test, better known as the “exit level” test. It determines if they are done taking the TAKS test for good going into senior year, or if senior year will be filled with TAKS prepping courses to pass for graduation. For the most part every junior is looking forward to taking the last four TAKS test for the rest of their educational careers.

The sophomores get a taste of taking all four subjects, math, science, social studies, and English. It gives practice for their junior year to be able to pass the “exit level” test. The major concern for most sophomores is taking 4 tests instead of taking two during freshman year. It is a big change, but it is something that will benefit later on in the future.

Freshman are considered the lucky ones next to the seniors for the sole reason of only having to take two TAKS tests consisting of math and English. But they get to look forward to the excitement of taking all four subjects the next year. For now, they get to enjoy being a high schooler and the little stress that goes along with it. It also gives them a reminder that there are three more years left of high school in their future.

Here are a few tips to get you ready to “take down” the TAKS test.

1. Get a good night sleep the night before.

2. Eat a big breakfast to help you fuel through the test and the rest of the day.

3. Bring several #2 pencils, extra eraser, and highlighter.

4. Before the test, take a deep breath and relax.

5. You have plenty of time, so take your time.

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About Helen Downs

Hi, my name is Helen Downs and I am a junior here at Mac. I am on the Varsity swim team and enjoying writing,drinking tea, and watching movies.

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