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Pressure as a Result of Impressive Grades and Test Scores at CdM

Mallorie Cohen, Journalist

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Do you ever feel pressured to ace a test because everyone else around you has an A in the class? An anonymous junior at CdM feels,”pressured to keep up with everyones high grades” in her classes. CdM is an extremely competitive school filled with many driven students who strive for perfection on their transcripts. Besides having impeccable grades, high standardized test scores are very important when applying to competitive colleges. In 2014 the average ACT composite score at CdM was a 27, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Prepscholar considered this, “an excellent performance, putting Corona Del Mar High in the top 5% of high schools in California by ACT score.” The ACT is a standardized test therefore is not subjective in any way, and can accurately gauge a students understanding of academic material. The high average ACT scores demonstrate the impressive quality of education taught at CdM.
The majority of students at CdM score significantly above average on their ACT. For some the constant pressure of their peers motivates them to strive for higher grades, while others find it over whelming and degrading. In life there will always someone who does better and someone who does worse than you. It is up to the individual to determine how they will deal with it. Will it motivate them? Will it contribute to one feeling bad about themselves? The decision on how it effects one is made by the individual. A sophomore at CdM allows others to, “motivate and add the little extra push that I need in order to reach my goals, and strive accomplish perfect grades and test scores.” Although CdM is above average when it comes to test scores, it does not mean that one must compare themselves to others around them at school.

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