I did not find the paper as bad as I thought it would be. The Shakespeare questions were just the sort of thing that we would do in class as a discussion, and the anthology questions were quite testing. In your article it sounds as if everyone had to do the poem 'Hard Frost' from the anthology. In fact we had a choice and I did David Copperfield and found it quite interesting.
I finished 5 to 10 minutes before the one-and-a-half hour time limit was up, and I did not find it such an 'ordeal' as the writers seem to have done.
I do not like doing tests, and I know of few people who do. I think that we have too many exams already. I took 24 exams this summer over a span of three weeks. I think that if they are going to continue with these SATS then they should rethink whether we have to do our school exams as well.
I did not particularly mind doing the English SATS, but I do object to all the strain and stress of having to take 24 exams.
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