McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

MCHS students take two standardized tests during their junior year—the Preliminary SAT in the fall and the official SAT in the spring.

MCHS students take SAT and PSAT during testing week

Ella Trimingham, Freelance Editor April 11, 2023

SATs and PSATs will be held on April 12-13 at the Upper Campus and the Freshman Campus.   The schedule is different each day depending on grade level. On Wednesday, juniors will take the SAT, so freshmen,...

The door of the College and Career Center at the Upper Campus advertises a variety of opportunities for juniors who are preparing to take the SAT this spring.

MCHS offers to cover cost of SAT test in early March for juniors

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor January 27, 2023

Juniors can now get reimbursed for taking an additional SAT on March 11 at MCHS, a national testing site this year. The opportunity comes ahead of the state-mandated testing day on April 12. It gives...

While juniors will take the PSAT next week, other grades levels will learn test taking strategies or take time off. During early release days, teachers will host parent-teacher conferences.

What to know ahead of fall PSAT testing week

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor October 21, 2022

On Oct. 25, all juniors will take part in the state issued PSAT test. This will take place in the Upper Campus main gym, with some students having accommodations and testing elsewhere. PSATs will be...

MCHS juniors will take the PSAT on April 13. The next day, freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT. When they are not testing, students will either learn asynchronously at home or will enjoy a day off from school.

Standardized testing week ahead for freshmen, sophomores and juniors

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor April 11, 2022

All juniors will partake in the school day SAT on Wednesday, per Illinois and MCHS graduation requirements. Freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT on Thursday. Both days will be an early release.  The...

This year, between balancing remote and hybrid learning and dealing with a global pandemic, AP students are under more stress than ever. The Collage Board has the power to relieve the pressure thats on them — and they should.

Opinion: The College Board should restructure the AP Exam

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

Tears wet the sleeves of a student as they try to cover up their crying face. Their homework is overwhelming, and they feel as if they barely have time for anything beside their AP classes. Their friends’...

Though standardized tests have long been a determining factor in a students admission to a college or university, the SAT and ACT have frequently been criticized for being biased against certain groups, such as minorities or low-income students.

Opinion: Standardized tests are still unfair

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer February 20, 2020

The SAT should no longer be used because it shows many forms of bias. For a test that essentially decides a person’s future, it is extremely unfair and outdated.  The Scholastic Aptitude Test, also...

Bubble burnout

Bubble burnout

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus April 30, 2019

Testing season has reared its ugly head once again and schools across Illinois have been busy administering the SAT and other state-mandated standardized tests.  MCHS is no stranger to standardized...

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