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Peter Poer

The Stages of SAT Grief

It’s okay to grieve. You’re losing free time, sleep, a little bit of your mind … all in the name of the SAT.

You’re not alone. Studying for the SAT is a process.

These are the stages of the SAT grieving process, from when you first learn about this test of horrors to when you accept your fate … and are accepted into college.

1. Denial

This isn’t happening. I’m not taking the SAT. I’m just going to stay in high school until I die or get arrested.

2. Anger

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Ten sections!? How many hours?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN “NO TEXTING?!?!?!”

3. Bargaining

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How about I just do a multiplication table and we’ll call it a day?

4. Depression

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Who can study when there’s so much pain in the world? Specifically, my part of the world.

5. Studying

The book is open — what more do you want from me?

6. Studying For Real

I’ll just pretend its transfiguration class.

7. Acceptance

Phew. Never again. (Except for the GRE.)

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About Peter Poer

Peter helps make sure Magoosh students have the best possible content. A proud Arizona Wildcat and Teach for America alum, he worked as an instructional coach before getting an MBA at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is passionate about student achievement and educational equity. Also prime numbers. Peter enjoys cooking, running (slowly), and going to bed comically early.

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