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03 November 2001 @ 04:15 pm
Twinkle twinkle little STAR-don't say my score  
I was looking at my STAR test results today (STAR test is basically California's aptitude exam that we take every April) because I finally screwed up the courage to see them after waiting three months. Since the last time you take the test is Junior year, it was the only chance I'd get to raise my scores. Not that they've ever been really low - always in the high 80s and 90s. But I always have to be the best, or at the very least one of them. So I've been very scared of what these results were, even though it's a meaningless test with no effect on the real world whatsoever. I have to be the best. So despite the fact that the scores have been sitting on my desk since mid-summer, I've only just opened the envelope.
I skimmed the numbers, and - lo and behold - I'm pleased. Mostly 92's and 96's, but gulp! there's an 89 too. Not good. But at first glance, the majority left me in the 90th percentile, so I was satisfied.
But then I looked at which catagories I got the percentiles in, and I freaked out. I got a 98 in math. In math. Please remember, I have not yet sucessfully passed Algebra 2. But I got a 98. Did they confuse my test with someone else? I looked at the details. I aced the problems that had to do with Statistics, Problem-Solving Strategies, Algebra, Trigonometry, Discrete Mathematics, Conceptual Underpinnings of Calculus, and Functions. (What the hell is a function, anyway?) I only missed one on Probability and Geomoetry from a Synthetic Perspective. (What's synthetic from the Geometry perspective?) But on the Geometry from an Algebraic Perspective, I only got one right. Eep. What a moron I must be, eh?
My subtest totals were:
Total Reading: 96 (Vocabulary - 96, Reading Comp. - 92)
Mathematics: 98
Language: 92 (Lang. Mechanics - 90, Lang. Expression - 92)
Science: 89 I am such a moron...
Social Science - 98.
Well, anyway, I'm sure this is very boring for you. But it's been gnawing at the back of my head since I took the tests, so it was a bit of a relief to see that my scores were decent, and that I'm not a total goober with two working cells randomly smacking against each other. Because I sure feel like I am in Physics. I promise that next time I leave an entry it won't be about something as dull as standardized tests. Ferreal.