Earlier in the year, students were curious and frantic about their options regarding the ACT due to the recent budget cuts to Missouri schools. Ultimately, however, at New Haven, the ACT or ACT WorkKeys was offered to the entire junior class for free. The district paid for the testing, allowing these students to have the opportunity to take the ACT without having to pay out of pocket.
On Wednesday, April 3rd, a majority of the junior class took the well-known ACT test. Some of the juniors chose to take the ACT WorkKeys instead of the traditional ACT, but this was taken on an earlier date: March 27th.
On the day before spring break and the day of the testing, many of the juniors’ teachers opted out of giving the students homework, knowing that they would be tired and unable to concentrate due to the difficulty and stress of the ACT.
The class participated in two surveys to paint a clear picture of their feelings: one before the ACT and one after.
Each student was asked how they felt about taking the ACT, if they planned to take it again, and also about how they prepared for the April 3rd testing date.
Before testing, Claire Laune commented, “I am nervous and scared at the same time.”
Kamryn Poe reflected, “I am so nervous to take the ACT. I know I can take it again this summer, but in order to get into some colleges and get scholarships, I need to get over a 24... I just don't know how I will do overall!”
Alex Trentmann, who had previously taken the ACT before the April 3rd testing date, mentioned, “When I first took it, I was not looking forward to waking up at 6 in the morning to go all the way to Washington High to take it. I feel like taking the ACT is a great way to show colleges what you can do.”
After testing, students were asked again how they felt about the ACT.
Diana Ribera said, “I feel relieved that I don't have to worry much about it anymore. I mean, I want to take it again so I feel like I'll be more prepared then I did the first time.”
Callie Weatherly commented on what stood out to her the most on the ACT, “I have never been good at reading-- I have to read it several times to understand most times-- but on the ACT, you don't have time to read and reread.”
Callie also mentioned some advice to students planning on taking the ACT at some point in their high school careers. “Keep an eye on the clock, time yourself. If you are taking more than a minute or so, you are probably making it too complicated. Remember that all the questions are worth the same, so answer as many easy questions as you can before doing the hard ones. It is alright to guess!”