The A.C.T. is a national standardized test that all high school students must take. It tests skills in math, science, English, and comprehension. It is one of the most important tests of high school life and that is terrifying, there are prep classes available to make the experience a little less scary.
This test is scored out of 36 and the national average is 20.9. In an attempt to raise the average, several schools have organized ACT prep classes. Fremont is one of those schools,the prep classes are after school and they prepare you for each portion of the test.
Madison Brazier, senior, who has taken the ACT three times, says the preparation classes really helped, especially with reading and math. Some believe the ACT doesn’t truly measure your potential. Brazier aspires to be an artist, she even called it her passion. The test doesn’t show all potential. Students are too different to take the same test.
Jessica Clark, sophomore, believes the ACT should remain the way it is.
“The test is fine the way it is. It covers all the basics and the stuff that we will need for college and in everyday life.”
Clark didn’t hesitate to identify her biggest fear, “I’m gonna fail” she said. Jessica plans to take the ACT prep classes, she believes that they could really help get her ready for the test.
Many students enroll in these classes while others depend on the sole knowledge they have earned throughout their education.
Adrian Mitchell,senior, casually said that the test should remain standardized and be the same for everyone. “The test is hard enough as it is and they already don’t give you enough time. Adding more parts would just make it worse.” Mitchell did not take the preparatory classes but wishes he would have.
ACT tips are available online and can go a long way. They can be found on actstudent.org, in the practice pamphlets, and even from people who have taken it.
- Read each question carefully.
- Answer every question even if you have to guess.
- Pace yourself, don’t focus on one question for too long.
- Pay attention to the proctor.
- Don’t overthink it.
As Adrian Mitchell said “The test, well, it’s bad, but its not as bad as we expect it to be.”
*The pile of papers handed out at the prep classes, photo credit: Alissa Neal