Brain Fried (in Off-topic)

3D October 4 2008 5:31 PM EDT

So I just took the SAT... fun stuff.
Now I have a massive headache.
And playing computer games. Good mix.

Just posting this to complain, feel free to complain if you too just took this deadly test.

Obscurans October 4 2008 5:34 PM EDT

Oh yeah, took it two years ago... verbal's all about memorizing the entire English dictionary and the "math" is a torrid joke. 4 hour tests my [butt]. Are you going to hit some of those subject tests?

Seriously, by the end of this year you'll vomit if you see any more MCs.

3D October 4 2008 5:39 PM EDT

I'm thinking about a chemistry subject test. It is a lot of fun in school right now.

Obscurans October 4 2008 5:47 PM EDT

You know what the test will be like :P regardless of how the school course is.

And I almost forgot to complain about the GREs! Same olde dictionary questions and some "reading", idiotic pre-calculus math and two writing assignments. Some "computer-adaptive" testing which means you can't go back and change your answers at all. At least since you're dealing with a computer you can throw away those extra minutes by finishing early. 'Twas only a 2-hour ordeal this time.

Just got that darned writing score back: 5/6 (77%), apparently I don't write well enough. Bleh.

DoS October 4 2008 6:28 PM EDT

What's the difference between SAT and ACT? Just wondering..

Colonel Custard October 4 2008 6:39 PM EDT

The SAT is run by the College Board, the ACT is run by ACT, Inc. The SAT has 10 sections, the ACT has 4 sections, plus an optional writing (essay) section. The ACT is easier. Easier not to fall asleep in the middle of, I mean.

SAT is scored out of 2400 (800 reading, 800 math, 800 writing, used to be 1600 before the writing section was added a couple of years ago). The ACT is scored out of 36, with the total score being the average of each of the 4 sections subscores (Science, Math, Reading, English). I think the writing score is calculated separately, out of 12, and doesn't affect the overall score from the other sections.

I liked the ACT better. The SAT was dumb.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw October 4 2008 6:53 PM EDT

Obscurans, please keep it PG.

AdminG Beee October 4 2008 6:58 PM EDT

mmm, brain...

Obscurans October 4 2008 8:00 PM EDT

I guess I got carried away by the flames... lol. But anyways, they're not that useful unless you have a 90+ average and get 400s on the tests, in which case just hide.
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