On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young woman received some devastating news. She had just gotten back her ACCUPLACER test scores. It wasn't what she had hoped for. In fact, it wasn't even close to her expectations despite her former good grades in high school.
The worst part was that she knew that she could never go straight into the college-level courses she had planned to take her freshman year with ACCUPLACER test scores that low.
Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. All of her closest high school friends had already gotten their ACCUPLACER test scores back and were almost certain to go straight into the college-level classes they had all planned to attend together. Before her test day, she had been procrastinating about preparing for the ACCUPLACER test, because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.
"Why do you have to take the ACCUPLACER test to get into these classes?" she angrily wondered.
She didn't look forward to having to tell her embarrassing news to her friends. "What would they think of her?" she thought, eyes brimming with tears, as she imagined her friends going together off to classes without her and the isolation and exclusion of being left behind and stuck in remedial classes.
How to Solve the Problem
Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the ACCUPLACER test and get into the classes they wanted, told all of their friends, made plans for the future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from their ACCUPLACER test scores."