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Standardized Tests

Dear Latina Student,

You are more than the #MCAT, #GRE, #LSAT. You are not just that number. You are smart, you are capable. We need you to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, leaders, politicians, executives, CEO's.

In middle school I took my first #standardized and multiple choice test. Teachers told me I was not allowed to ask any questions during the test. Teachers were not allowed to tell us what to do. I was told this test was very important and it was to determine my #knowledge and #capabilities. But I had NEVER taken a standardized test nor had I ever taken a #multiple_choice test.

During the test, we were given an answer sheet, the question booklet and a peanut butter bar. It was strange to me because the #answer_sheet was filled with #bubbles. I was unsure what to do with the bubbling sheet, and I looked for guidance but my teachers couldn't help. So I looked at everyone else, and they were bubbling in anwers and so I also began to fill it in. I bubbled in every single answer, multiple answers per question, without realizing that I had to read the question #booklet before. I was done with that test after 5 minutes.

If I didn't know any better, I would have let that test define me, my #intelligence and my #capabilities. I am here to tell you that a test does not determine your worth. I am here to tell you that you are more than a #test. You are more than the #MCAT, #GRE, or #LSAT.

As a middle schooler, I thought I was not allowed to question the #educational system and I was not allowed to speak up. I wish I would have been able to share what happened so I could help fix it. There is a saying, that we should never judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. But fish don't have limbs, so climbing a tree is not a fair test of its abilities. That #test or any other test did not and does not reflect my #intelligence.

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