"My SAT" was among Twitter's top trending topics Tuesday morning as high school students across the country accessed their results online for the Oct. 11 college entrance exam. With college admissions tougher than ever, hundreds of students tweeted in despair: Their scores just weren't high enough.
The competition is fierce across the country with colleges receiving more applications, but not doling out more acceptances, Mic reported. Harvard University, for example, has a reputation for being the hardest school to get into. Of its 34,295 applicants last year, it accepted 2,048 -- less than 6 percent. In 1995, it accepted 11.8 percent.
This month, high school students shooting for perfect scores wanted 2400s. The College Board's SAT has three parts -- critical reading, math and writing -- each worth 800 points. The average student last year scored 1497, the Washington Post reported.
The frantically tweeting October test-takers are separate from the class of 2014, for which the College Board released data earlier this month, but they could still be part of a troubling trend. The 1.67 million class of 2014 students who took the test created "flat and stagnant" results that didn't deviate from recent years, College Board chief of assessment Cyndie Schmeiser told the Huffington Post. Students averaged a 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing. The College Board's College and Career Readiness Benchmark was 1550, and only 42.6 percent of test-takers met it, Inside Higher Ed reported.
"For a long time, institutions like ours have been reporting that too many students aren't ready for college and career," College Board President David Coleman told the Huffington Post. "It's time to do something about it."
The College Board said in March that its plans to overhaul the SAT by 2016. The test will go back to a 1600-point scale and stop deducting points for wrong answers. The questions will focus less on high-level vocabulary and instead emphasize document analysis, the Washington Post reported.
In the meantime, students are still on the 2400-point scale, and with many universities' Nov. 1 application deadline looming, they have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment with their October SAT scores. See here:
My look when I got my SAT scores Back. pic.twitter.com/UiXWQsNAxh
â€” Dan (@TheDanTimko) October 28, 2014
Lol got my SAT scores back, there goes college.
— ♡†A$AP Jenny♡† (@JennMiller89) October 28, 2014
How should I even feel about my SAT?
— Zach (@Zachchitwood_) October 28, 2014
I GOT MY SAT SCORES BACK AND IM READY TO JUMP INTO AN OCEAN FILLED WITH HUNGRY SHARKS SINCE I'VE NO FUTURE WHATSOEVER
â€” M (@peachhoran) October 28, 2014
Me when I saw my SAT scores this morning pic.twitter.com/8kSMn5KBIz
— Tiffany Le (@tiffannyyy13) October 28, 2014
Got my SAT score back and it's official, I'm stupid :-)
— Laynaaa // (@Laynababy22) October 28, 2014