Testing Testing


Isaiah T.

STAGED PHOTO. (Electronic devices are NOT allowed in the room during testing. No test data and no students were harmed in the taking of this photo.)

Testing. Testing. MCA’s also known as Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests are given to Minnesota students at the spring of each year. Students dread the day they come, and don’t know if they’re going to survive. Most hate these tests. Fifth grade student Isaiah T. thinks, “They stink. It’s one of the worst tests you can take.”

Unfortunately, some people like them. [I don’t know how though.] If a student gets lucky, their teacher will let them bring gum or he/she will give students suckers or lifesavers or anything to suck on. Even candy doesn’t make these tests very sweet, though.

The reading MCA test takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours [2.5 to 3.5 hours wasted of your life]. You have to take the reading MCA in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, AND 10th grade. The math MCA test takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours (another 1.5 to 2.5 hours wasted]. You take the math MCA in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th grade. Finally, you have to take the science MCA test in 5th, 8th, and in 10th grade. It takes you about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours to finish the science MCA (1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours lost and never to be found again).

In total, that’s 33 hours and 15 minutes to 48 hours spent on computers testing for your MCA’s.  That’s almost two DAYS of your LIFE.  Imagine going into class and having your teacher say, “Get ready class. You’re going to take your MCA’s today! It should take you about 2 days to finish all of them. You can’t leave your seat, so you’d go to the bathroom while you can.” But that’s if you had to take ALL of the MCA’s from each grade in one day. Good thing we don’t have to do that (uffda).

In my opinion, we could be doing way more important stuff than taking MCA’s. We could be playing sports, doing art, going to gym, reading for a whole day, or having parties in the classrooms. This is stuff we should be doing instead of MCA’s. That is what the presidents should be debating about. (Hint. Hint. If you want to become the president, just say that you’ll get rid of MCA’s and everybody will vote for you. You would be FABULOUS! And students would no longer be SAD!)

Maybe instead of taking the MCA’s on computers, we could do it on paper. Then once we finish a section of test, we get to play trench in gym.  After we blow off some steam, we go back and finish another section and so on.  But perhaps I guess that’s just me (and every other testing tortured student). Test creators could also let us go to the bathroom without having to have someone walk you there.  Or better yet, they could get rid of this kind of testing completely.  

On a positive note, it feels good at the end of the testing days to know that you’ve dodged a bullet taking this test. (If you survived it, some people don’t). You’re also overjoyed that you don’t have to take this test again for another whole year.