by Urmi Pandya and Sonia Patel
It’s that time of the year again! Students have been constantly stressing at the thought of taking SOLs, exams, and other such tests as the year is coming to an end.
This year, the SOL tests took place from May 16th to May 24th. A few of the tests that were administered include chemistry, biology, reading, algebra I, algebra II, and geometry; however, the writing SOL for tenth graders took place in March this year.
During the two weeks in which SOLs were given, students were required to adapt to several schedule changes. Oftentimes, they would not see a teacher for almost an entire week, and others saw a teacher for four days consecutively.
“It took me a while to adjust to going to classes at different times in the day. We did fun activities in my classes for the most part because the only SOL I had to take during the last two weeks was Chemistry, and that was pretty easy for me!” said sophomore Arjun Nekkanti.
While many students only had to take one SOL, several student had to take multiple SOLs. Not only did SOL testing impact students in numerous ways, but teachers were also impacted as they prepared for numerous hours in order for Warrior students to do their best.
“We always put our students’ needs before anything else and in the end… it pays off” Mrs. Schools stated.
Several students also had to take International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, which are exams for juniors and seniors who participate in the IB Diploma Program (IBDP). The IBDP is a rigorous two-year program which involves international assessments and external assessments, as well as the extended essay and community, action, and service requirements. At the end of each year, students take exams at either Deep Run or Belmont Recreation Center during the first three weeks of May. Exams are proctored by the IB Henrico Coordinator, Mrs. Biddle, who was assisted by Mr. Ramsdell and Ms. Baylor this year.
While the IB exams themselves are frequently said to be the toughest exams out of any high school program, IB Warriors said they felt relatively prepared.
While Grace Cavanaugh, an IB senior, admitted that she went “to the point of nausea,” she eventually moved onto acceptance: “I had learned all the information that I could this year and I would get the grade I deserved. I think that I did well.”
“I felt prepared. I wasn’t too anxious or nervous. Our teachers taught us everything they believed we needed for the exams and prepped us well,” senior Rafee Ahmed.
IB Director Mrs. Biddle agreed and commented that “I was very pleased with this year’s exam session. Students were largely very well-behaved and responsible. They seemed to work hard and do their best, which always makes me happy.”
The continuous hours of studying paid off in the end as overall, Warriors did well on both SOL and IB tests.