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Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Andrea Perng and Annie Zhang

May 22, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

Affirmative Action (AA) is a vehemently debated policy — both a milestone for supporters and a grievance for opposers. Over the past couple of years, news relating to college admissions has been largely dominated by the notorious Harvard lawsuit involving its alleged discrimination against Asian ap...

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Helen Chao and Stuti Upadhyay

August 30, 2018


Filed under Main slider, OPINION

un, warmth, freedom, friends and free will: this is how math teacher Katie Collins describes summer. She repeats the final words three times. However, Collins mentions how these qualities seem to be absent from the summers of many MVHS students. She’ll only occasionally hear of students enjoying an Alaskan cruis...

A Two Part Process: How MVHS students are using the PSAT to prepare for the SAT

A Two Part Process: How MVHS students are using the PSAT to prepare for the SAT

Aditya Dash

February 1, 2018


Filed under Briefs

s sophomore Keshav Taneja receives his scores for the PSAT exam, he looks forward to ways in which he can prepare to take the next big test: the SAT. Taneja is hoping to perform well through the use of strategies and advice from his tutor. Taneja is also trying to do well the SAT in order to look for ...

An Overview of the ACT

An Overview of the ACT

Mallika Singh

April 17, 2017


Filed under Briefs

uch like the SAT, the ACT, or American College Testing, has had a few changes since it was first administered in 1959. From small changes like allowing calculators to more drastic ones like completely reorganizing the test, the ACT is constantly evolving. Take a look below to see how it has evolved since t...

An Overview of the SAT

An Overview of the SAT

Mallika Singh

March 9, 2017


Filed under Briefs

he SAT has gone through many changes over the years. The change of the format and scoring in 2016 was certainly not the first time the SAT has been revised. Take a look at how the SAT has evolved from the 1920s until 2016. ...

Waiting: SAT Score Release

Waiting: SAT Score Release

Mallika Singh

October 27, 2016


Filed under Briefs

Over one million high school students took the SAT on Oct.1. Most would think they would be relieved and stress free by now; however, this not the case. The relief — or grief — only comes when the scores are released, and for the people who took the test in October, those scores are released this ...

Choosing between the SAT and ACT

Choosing between the SAT and ACT

Mallika Singh

September 22, 2016


Filed under Briefs

As juniors ready themselves for the future, a question tends to arise among peers: “Are you taking the SAT or the ACT?” For most, these questions come up towards the end or during the summer of their sophomore year. And even though most colleges accept either the SAT or ACT, the choice varies signi...

Recovery Stories: Life after the SAT

Recovery Stories: Life after the SAT

Daniel Lin

November 17, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, Recovery Stories

trl + R. Ctrl + R. It’s late at night, and millions of high-schoolers around the world are refreshing CollegeBoard.org, anxiously awaiting their Scholastic Aptitude Test results. For many, the next few minutes will differentiate between a few more weeks of tedious studying or celebration. Innumerous students...

A breakdown of the costs of college

A breakdown of the costs of college

Chetana Ramaiyer

September 23, 2015


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, NEWS, News Editor's Picks

MVHS students are often concerned about the cost of college itself, but they can forget about all the costs that come before the acceptance letter arrives at home. The college prep camps, the college counselors, the college apps, the college itself — it all adds up. Click below to see the breakdown...

SAT study time should be integrated in a personalized schedule

SAT study time should be integrated in a personalized schedule

Pranav Parthasarathy

April 28, 2015


Filed under OPINION

On May 2, according to the College Board, over ten thousand high school students nationwide will take the SAT. Their average will hover more or less in the 1500 range, several scoring more and several scoring less. All of these students know the purpose of the exam: to apply for admission at several...

SAT Redesign

Alina Abidi

April 9, 2014


Filed under Multimedia, NEWS

Starting from the spring of 2016, students will take a new version of the SAT. This version will feature an optional essay, a grading scale from 400 to 1600 and a math section with three focuses that College Board has deemed more relevant to students. In addition, there will be no penalty for wrong an...