The first New Haven student to achieve Bright Flight from this past test is Nathan Allgaier. Nathan is a junior this year and took the test at Washington High School. Nathan received a composite (total) score of 31, the minimum requirement for the full Bright Flight award. He said that the easiest section of the test was the math section. When asked why, he replied that he has taken FBLA math tests in the past and was used to taking timed math tests. He also said the hardest section was the reading section because it took a large amount of time to read the section. When asked about study methods to get ready for the ACT, Nathan replied that he did nothing before taking the ACT, just got a good night’s sleep. During the test, Nathan said he felt stressed the entire time, and when he finished, he didn’t feel like he did well. After taking the test, Nathan went home and took a nap, then went to the Sectional volleyball game. Nathan is interested in attending the University of Texas and looking for a career in pharmacy.
The second New Haven student recently earning Bright Flight is Hannah Kruse. Hannah is a senior this year and took the ACT at Linn. Hannah received a composite score of 34. For her, the easiest section in the ACT was the English section because it was all grammar; however, the hardest section for her was the math section because she was short on time when she was finishing that section. Hannah did practice questions on the ACT website to get ready for the ACT. Throughout the test, Hannah said she felt relaxed during the test because she was used to taking it. After taking the ACT, Hannah drove to Fatima to compete in a cross country meet, then returned home and slept. Hannah intends to go to Mississippi State, majoring in Animal and Dairy Science. When asked for any tips about the ACT, Hannah replied: “Don’t worry about your score the first time because you can retake it. Pace yourself on the reading and science sections.”
The third and final New Haven student to achieve Bright Flight on the October ACT is Kayla Watson. Kayla is in her senior year and took the ACT at Washington High School. Kayla received a composite score of 34. For Kayla, the easiest section was the reading section because she is an avid reader and has been reading since she was a child, so comprehension came easy. The hardest section for her was the math section because she felt like she was running out of time. She said that the problems near the end were harder, and her brain was more tired at the end. Kayla did not do any form of studying prior to taking the ACT. When Kayla was taking the ACT, she said she felt really good about it, that she was oddly prepared, and she didn’t have any issues with time running out, aside from the math section. After taking the test, Kayla went home and took a nap, like Nathan did. Kayla intends to attend the University of Central Missouri and major in Actuarial Sciences. Kayla had some words to say about the ACT and what to do before taking it: “Get a good night’s sleep before the ACT; you shouldn’t be yawning during the ACT; eat breakfast the day of; it’s not good to have your stomach growling during the test.”
If you were to take anything from these students’ success to prepare for the ACT, you should make sure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a good breakfast, don’t worry too much about your score the first time, and make sure to pace yourself. Good Luck!
-by Robbie Cichon