Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Fact that Speaks for Itself

LSAT  (test for law school applicants)- Three-hour and twenty-five minute test

MCAT (test for med school applicants)- Five and one-half hour test

For the 2012 Virginia Math SOL Tests (9-12 grade high school student test to earn verified credit for math) schools are increasing their testing block to accommodate the 4-6 hours that many students need to complete it.

Seriously-  if you are a decision-maker in Virginia and you honestly think it's ok for fourteen year-olds to take four hour long math tests you should go ahead and turn in your decision-making credentials now.
This sample is one item, but in fact requires students to work five equations.  It is also possible to get the answer partially correct; but the student would not get partial credit.  This link connects to the Virginia DOE website's .pdf guide to the Algebra II SOL test practice items.


  1. It's worse here in AZ. Students take 30 hours of testing to prove what they know in one year of school. I did a graph comparing this to all the professional tests out there. It's mind-blowing to think of the discrepancy.

  2. "The only winning move is not to play"-Joshua Worp

  3. My 5th grade child just took a 7 hour math SOL today.