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PRESS PHOTOS BY ANNA GILGOFF Sophomores taking the Keystone Exams had a variety of different reactions to the high stakes test. PRESS PHOTOS BY ANNA GILGOFF Sophomores taking the Keystone Exams had a variety of different reactions to the high stakes test.
Members of the Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2017 discuss taking the Keystone Exams. Members of the Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2017 discuss taking the Keystone Exams.

NWL high school sophomores offer reactions to Keystone Exams

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press in School

The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's system of high school graduation requirements.

Students who took the tests had a variety of reactions after completing the test.

The following students are members of the Class of 2017. Their reactions are as follows:

"The English test was pretty easy," said Karlie Bardonner. "I used the whole time. I took maybe an hour and 20 [minutes]."

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"I thought a lot of the literature was similar to what we did in class, mostly in English class," said Matt Corke. "You studied [for Keystones] throughout the whole year and in class a lot of the time."

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"We did all these Study Island [practices], so English was the easiest," said Alyssa Liounis.

Jake Wampole who took two tests, couldn't agree more.

For him, English, one of his favorite subjects, was the easier test. "I have to take bio next semester," he said.

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"I thought the English was the easiest, but some of the answers were really close," said Sandra Williams. "I tried to go back and look for the answers in the passage."

"I thought the Keystones were about the same as an English test.

"Several answers were confusing, but you were able to find the answers in the passage," agreed Jacob Pergosky, who will be taking the biology exam this spring.

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"Since the Keystones and the finals are [scheduled] close together, you're [already] studying," said Tyler Derr. "Pretty much almost the same stuff is going to be on both, so you might as well just get the tests done."

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"It's testing, so it's kind of annoying, but you need to take them to graduate so there's no way around it," said Dan Gross. "I took all three [exams] and they were all difficult.

"The stories were hard to relate to. I thought the bio was easiest because the stuff was all familiar. I went through that test fast."

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"I thought the bio was the hardest one," said Jacob Ruch. "There is some stuff that we didn't learn in class. I had to make an educated guess but I didn't know if they were correct."

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"They don't really stand out as being the hardest or easiest [test]. It's hard to figure out what they actually want," said Dominic Demillio.