Many students and their parents wonder how a five hour exam like the SAT can seem equivalent or even measurable to a high school career. Unfair as it may seem a five hour exam like the SAT or ACT is considered equivalent to 3 ½ years of high school grades. Getting your foot in the door for college is only the beginning. The real world statistics for the youth demographic are the most challenging they have ever been.
- Dropout rate of college freshman is 25%
- 40% of college students said they were very depressed, at least once per year of college, to the point that they were not even able to function
- 40% of students own more than 20k in loan debt
- Youth unemployment rate is a staggering 19.6%, the highest it has ever been in history
- Average income has fallen from 41k in 1973 to 33k in 2007
- Young people hold and average of 8.6 jobs between the ages of 18-32
Why is this and why are these statistics so alarming? Most of the blame, in my opinion, falls to the feet of the school system for operating an archaic system of memorization and regurgitation without very much pertinent context to the real world.
In the real world, for example, no matter what profession one chooses, one needs to know about customers, products, marketing, communication, interviewing techniques, money, time management, goal setting, etc. The primary focus of the high school is on memorizing facts that have little to do with this. Having most high school knowledge is important incase you ever get stopped by Jay Leno! Clearly, the type of information necessary to thrive by the age of 25 needs to be dramatically upgraded.
Nevertheless, the process leading up to the college admission process is a very important one. Most of college students spend many more hours of studying than they do high school students. There is no substitute for solid study skills. The bottom line is this? Colleges and the real world entities and beyond are seeking hard working solid citizens. That is why there are so many challenging hoops to jump through to get there.
The statistics are clear. People who earn a bachelors degree earn about 50k a year to start. Those with a professional degree like lawyer, doctor, engineer, or accountant earn over 95k a year. Compare those numbers to the average high school graduate who earns just under 31k a year. The track is obvious. Better studying habits leads to better grades which leads to better SAT scores, which leads to better college options, which leads to scholarship opportunities, which leads to more jobs and money in the long run.
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Steve Kirshenbaum, M.S. is an Educational Consultant and Founder of SAT Preparation Group, which specializes in worldwide ACT / SAT coaching. SAT Preparation Group advises in test prep, college planning, and success strategies for teens. SAT Preparation Group can be reached at 877-672-8773 or www.SATPrepGroup.com.
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