Yay! Today everyone in my school’s county took the FCAT Writing Test. I love how they always make the Writing Test the first one you have to take in the FCAT series. To me, it’s always the hardest, most stressful and difficult test you have to take all year. It was especially stressful this year beacause the grade I get on this year’s test is what determines whether I have Advanced or Remedial English classes next year. I would hate hate hate to have double-block anything in high school because I wouldn’t even know what electives I’d be kicked out of like Jazz Band or Spanish, which I really want to take.
I think I actually did really good this year though. Mainly because the topic was exactly thesame as last year’s, which I thought was quite odd. The prompt was you had to convince a famous person to come visit your city. It had to be a persuasive essay, which I’m pretty good with. The planning only took, like, 10 minutes to do and then I had an easy-breezy 50 minutes to write the most perfect essay of all time! But, I, of course, still finished right on the dot with only literally 2 minutes to spare. Just enough to check over everything. I think I made a 4.5 or a 5 (the highest is a 6).
The absolute best part of the test, though, was not having to go to History or Band class because the test was during the first 2 periods of school!
Last friday, instead of going to my dreaded math class, I stepped into the band room at my school to find everyone jumping around and being excited. We were going to Pensacola High School for our MPA’S!!!
MPA stands for Musical Performance Assessment. My band director, Mrs. Bumbarger, said it was similar to a band class FCAT, and boy was she right! The MPA is where your band group travels to a designated area, ours was Pensacola High School, and they perform one, or more than one, piece of music that, hopefully, you’ve practiced. Once you have finished playing all of your pieces, there are three judges that judge or, assess, your performing skills like tone quality, tempo control, and dynamics.
Next, you go into a completely different room. The sightreading room where you and your group sightread and play two or three pieces of music. Both of my band directors stressed out about the sightreading way too much. They were going crazy about how “hard” it would be. Even the Concert band (the band directly lower than Symphonic) said it was super-easy! My favorite part about sightreading was that I was best friends with one of the judges, her name is Catherine, so I’m pretty sure that was what made our band get a Supierior.
You must be thinking, “Wait, what!?! You got a Supierior in sightreading!?!?!” Uh-huh! In fact, my band got one Excellent and-wait for it-three Supieriors!
(Just in case you don’t know, the judges rate your performance like a test, A,B,C,D, or F. The only way to get a Supierior is if all three judges give you A’s. An Excellent is if, like, one judge gave you an A and the other two gave you B’s)
All in all, though, my most favorite part of the MPA’s was the bus ride home. Jake the trombone player gave an “inspirational” speech and then he started singing, “The wheels on the bus go round and round!” and, “Baby, you’re a fiiiiiiirework!”. He has definetly become one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and absolutely made my day.
I took the SAT’s today! My only complaint was, why do they make you take the test at 7 in the morning! I think that could make for some faulty tests what with people being so tired in the morning. I know I was tired, at least. The only reason I got to take the SAT’s in 7th grade was because a couple of months ago, me and a bunch of my smarty-pants friends from my advanced classes got a letter from the 7th Grade Duke Talent Search. It supposed to help you get into really good colleges It was really cool and interesting. I definetly got a feel for the SAT’s. I don’t get my scores for a long while, like a couple more months.
The test was divided into 11 parts: 1 writing essay, 5 reading parts, and 5 math parts.
First was the writing essay. The topic was “Is it good to always trust people?” and I had to give my opinion on this statement. I wrote an expostitory essay about what would be the pros and cons of lending someone all of your money if you barely knew them. Pros: you would have helped someone out of maybe a rough patch. Cons: I could have gone on forever about the cons. What if the person never repays you? How well do you really know the person? Think twice before giving someone all of your money. Especially if you barely know them.
Next was the reading section. You know where you have to read those ginormous passages with those ginormous words and then answer the slightly challenging questons. It was pretty easy except that I kept running out of time.
Last was the math section. I LOVE math so this was the easiest. All of it was like 3rd grader stuff. a2 x ba= b2/c=EASY.
I didn’t get out of there until 1:30, 6 hours later! I told my mom that to congradulate me she needs to rent The Lion King, which I’ve wanted to see ever since my chorus performed the musical at the Pensacola Arts Festival.