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Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ May 2, 2024

Wildlife officials are in a bitter dispute over the removal of the invasive Barred Owl from forests along the West Coast to save the Northern...

TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
Alyssa Kiszczak, Managing Editor ♦ April 22, 2024

The scary sight of the most monstrous cheese you can imagine was sitting in the display case, calling their names. The stench was wretched, like...

Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Lilah Swaving, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

It finally became unbearable for Daniel Morge when the Thousand Oaks High baseball team went to go sing the national anthem, and he couldn’t...

Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Riley Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

Junior Claire Kirby leads the TO softball team as not only an elite pitcher but also as an elite hitter. But she plays a third role that is...

The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Alan Ko, Guest Writer ♦ April 16, 2024

Outdoor school counseling might not sound like the best thing to do with a packed schedule but it is arguably one of the best experiences that...

Off-Campus Pass
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ April 16, 2024

Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal

From paper to computer the SAT is following the changing times. Juniors and seniors are putting down their pencils and beginning to type out their answers for the tech-savy Scholastic Aptitude Test.
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Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing the Digital SAT (DSAT); an online test where the difficulty of the questions is dependent on the students’ performance throughout the exam.
The DSAT will be available to the United States in March 2024, and is said to be an hour shorter than the traditional SAT. Each section of the test — Reading, Writing, and Math — consists of two “modules.” The first module is an assessment of the student’s prior knowledge. The questions in the second module are then based on the student’s performance in the first. If the student does really well on the first module, then the second module will consist of harder questions. If the student does poorly on the first module, then the second module will consist of easier questions.
Audrey Li, a junior who had previously taken the paper version of the SAT, was interviewed on her opinions of this new method of testing.
“I think because the DSAT is shorter and the English and Grammar sections are now merged together, I think it’ll be a little bit easier,” Li said.
Compared to the written SAT, which has been offered to students around the world for nearly a century, the DSAT brings forth a new experience for high school students. Since the test becomes more personalized as the student progresses, and all students have different levels of knowledge, the DSAT doesn’t force everyone to answer the same questions.
Based on Li’s prior experience and what she knows about the DSAT, she expects the digital test to be easier than the paper test.
“I think [the paper test is] a little bit harder in terms of content as compared to the digital PSAT,” she said. “The traditional paper test is longer than what I took on the digital PSAT, and I think the DSAT is going to be similar to that.”
She believes that with the shorter test, there will be a lack of burnout among students and the test will feel easier to get through.
One struggle that Li has faced in anticipation of the DSAT is studying. Since the DSAT is new, many platforms that students typically use to study for the SAT haven’t updated their study materials to be more fitting for the new test.
“When the DSAT was first announced for this year, many other places that I’ve used [didn’t have] practice tests that [were] formatted around the digital SAT,” Li said. “I’ve kind of just tried to find individual tests for content itself rather than the whole test because I don’t really know many places that have full-length practice tests that have the Digital SAT formatting.”
Besides having a hard time studying, Li is confident as she prepares to take the DSAT.
“I feel more confident because when I first took the paper SAT, that was my first time taking the SAT or any other standardized testing, but now, going into the digital SAT, I’ve kind of familiarized myself with how the SAT process works. I’m not too nervous,” Li said.
While the paper SAT is often a dreaded test among students, the introduction of the DSAT is intended to offer a slightly less stressful experience for test takers all around the world.

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