What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes the SAT?

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Tue, Mar 27th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Remember the stress of taking exams in high school? Yeah, I tried to wipe those memories from my mind, too. Pages and pages of cryptic questions that had to be answered on endless bubble-sheets, while being reminded that not doing fantastically well would mean no university would accept you. Hey, no pressure.

Andrew Magary of Deadspin decided to see what it would be like to re-take the exam at the tender age of 35. In a nutshell: he got slaughtered. I still think he did better than I would've done.

Heads up: his article is full of colourful language, but it is otherwise fucking hysterical:

Before you even begin taking the SAT, it's already worn you down. There's an entire form you have to fill out at the front of the test booklet, including a bubble sheet with your name, your DOB, your ZIP code, your test center code, your form code, your test-book serial number, your registration number (???), your gender, and OK WE FUCKING GET IT. I think you have more than enough information, College Board. Would you also like the results of my most recent HIV test? God forbid you simplify this so students have to enter only one code. About the only mercy they extend to you is that you're required to fill out only the first six letters of your last name and the first four letters of your first name. When I was a kid, you had to fill out your full name, and if you were unfortunate enough to be some Polish kid with a 30,000-letter last name, you were dead and buried before you'd even reached the antonyms.

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