My husband and I are stressing over college prep. We are stressing more than my 11th grade daughter, who is the one taking the SAT and ACT tests.
Two weeks ago, when she was out with friends at 10 p.m. the night before her ACT, I called her and insisted she come home –NOW! I wanted her to get a good night sleep.
Then, the morning of the test, my husband set his alarm to make sure she woke up on time. She was angry with him and said she had set two alarms and was capable of getting up on her own.
“I don’t know why you guys are getting yourself all crazy over a test!” she told us with attitude.
The truth is, we are crazy over a test. She may not understand the implications of her test scores but we do. Today, these college entrance tests mean so much more than they did when I was applying to college. They mean entry or denial. They mean scholarship money. They mean choice.
Teens today have to compete like crazy to get into the college of their choice and then they have to compete like crazy to get a job.
My daughter seems to be taking all this pressure in stride. She knows the importance of these tests, she taken a prep course, but she doesn’t seem to be as stressed over them as we are. Is that a good thing?
I know students can take SAT and ACT multiple times. I’ve heard parents say that their child ended up at the college that was right for them, regardless of their test scores. So, am I being crazy for stressing myself out?
Is a 16 or 17-year-old too young to really understand how much rides on these tests? Is it good or bad for them to be a little naive?