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Tenth-graders prepare for the CAHSEE

It's probably fair to assume that most high school students don't exactly like tests. Some however aren't sure what to think of the CAHSEE. Is it something to stress over, or feel at ease about? The opinions vary on the famous—or infamous—California exam.

The CAHSEE is a district test that is administered during the second half of California students' sophomore year. When prepping for the test, most teachers will tell you not to worry too much about it.

The math portion of the CAHSEE is based on Jr. High standards after all. Plus, it's not the end of the world if you don't pass the first time. You'll have two opportunities in eleventh grade to pass it, and three to five chances to retake it senior year.

However, that doesn't mean that studying isn't needed. Despite the reassurances, most teachers make sure to go over the material a good two or three weeks before the test. This keeps true to the phrase, 'better safe than sorry'.

Whether you study hard or zone out during the review, the notion of a single test deciding whether or not you graduate can make almost anyone nervous.

"I've heard the CAHSEE isn't that hard, so I'm only a bit nervous," admitted sophomore Desiree Dunbar when asked about the upcoming test. "But it would be majorly embarrassing if I bragged about it being easy and then failed it."

Most of the tenth graders in our district who take the test pass with flying colors. So, odds are, if you are a determined person who works hard, that should be just the right amount of reassurance.




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