On April 19th, New Haven High School juniors took the ACT. The ACT is a standardized exam for college entrance. It covers four subjects: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, with an optional writing section. This process takes a total of approximately four hours. When juniors at NHHS took the exam, they all took the writing portion.
Lydia Pataky was asked how she prepared for the ACT, and she responded with, “I got this computer system that allowed me to study online and let me take practice tests to prepare for the ACT.”
Testing results can take up to eight weeks to get back to an individual who tested. If a person doesn’t like the test score they receive, they are able to schedule another date to take the exam again. There is no limit to how many times a person can take the exam.
Emma Engelbrecht, a junior at New Haven High School, was asked how she feels about her performance on the ACT. She responded with, “I feel as though my teachers prepared me well for the ACT and that will show on my final test score.”
Last year, New Haven High School’s 2017 class scored a composite of 23.0. The second highest school was Washington with a 21.3. The closest to New Haven in the conference was Hermann with a composite score of 21.1. The overall average for the state of Missouri was 19.7. Comparatively, two years ago, the class of 2016’s composite score was 22.3, Washington was 21.2, and St. James was 20.1. The overall state composite score was 20.2. Overall, this information shows a 0.7-point increase in test scores between the class of 2016 to the class of 2017.
Josh Hoener, superintendent at NHHS, was asked about his thoughts on past ACT scores, and he responded with, “I think New Haven has scored extremely well and our students should be very proud of their scores on the ACT.”
Doug Peirick, counselor at the high school, was asked how he advises upcoming juniors to prepare for the ACT. He responded with, “I would advise them to take challenging classes next year and do as much practice ACT work as possible. There are practice questions on the ACT website and I have several books that students can check out that have practice tests in them.”