Sleator, William. Test.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

SLEATOR, William. Test. Abrams, Amulet. 298p. c2008. 978-0-8109-9356-3. $16.95. JS

In Massachusetts, where Sleator lives part of the year, we have MCAS exams in the school system, which determine whether a student advances or graduates. In the novel Test, Sleator features the XCAS exams, which determine the future of every student. In Sleator's future world, not far from our own, the exams are prepared by a corporation, run by an unscrupulous rich man, who makes a lot of money selling the test to the government. There are many ways this system can be corrupted. Two students are featured: Ann and Lep. They meet in their English class, and amazingly Lep, who is an immigrant with poor English skills, starts scoring better and better on the practice exams. It turns out Lep is being bribed, provided correct answers in exchange for helping the unscrupulous rich man get rid of poor tenants in property he owns. Tony, who works for the corporation, is so twisted he tries to kill Ann when she starts...

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