TCAPs Makes Students Better at Standardized Tests
Let’s be honest for a second, (not that us underclassmen have been lacking in such a sentiment), but boring over CCAPS and TCAPS are an unwelcoming, tedious way to start the day. Aside from the generous lunch periods, being holed up in a room for almost four hours, circling little bubbles and responding to tacky prompts, is less than fun.
And yes, we know our scores aid Fairview both fiscally and reputedly. We acknowledge that the intent of these exams is well-meaning, dedicated to improving education. And we don’t have to love it! Still, it would be wrong if students did not recognize the benefits of taking standardized tests when the stakes are low. The mind-numbing, frustrating components of TCAPs are great preparation for future exams.
Many students have (grudgingly) admitted that taking CCAPs or TCAPs makes AP and IB tests, SATs, and ACTs significantly easier. The time crunch yet longevity, thoughtfullness and brainlessness, and overall tediousness is an inevitable aspect of any form of standardized test. It is truly best to be prepared.
So yes, groan. Scowl at the upperclassmen who mock you. Do your TCAPs with resentment. However, do your best. Not only is it incredibly beneficial to our school, it is ultimately beneficial to you.