As many already know, most colleges require the ACT. A student can get certain scholarships and other opportunities based on the score they recieve. This test consists of several parts: math, science, English, reading, and writing. However the writing portion isn’t always required. Most students, like those at New Haven High, take the ACT during their junior year.
Seeing that this test is important in the college process, I sent out a survey to the New Haven students who have already taken the ACT in previous years. In this survey students were asked about what they thought of the test.
The majority of those surveyed reported the test being somewhat hard; however, there were a select few who found the test to be very hard.
There were some regrets-- not about the test, but about the preparations and steps leading to taking the test.
Overall the biggest regret was not studying enough before taking the test.
Miranda Durbin wishes that she would have “[got] a lot more sleep the night before.”
“I wish I was more prepared on the math portion,” Julia Unnerstall shares.
Alex Trentmann, however, has no regrets. He says “[he has] more opportunities with scholarships [because of the ACT].”
The majority of those who were surveyed agreed that the ACT was important for college.
As Miranda Durbin says: “The ACT helps colleges measure your test-taking skills and also your knowledge of each subject. Colleges use your results to assign and offer scholarships and aid to you.”
Although, Kamryn Poe doesn’t think the test is truly important. She thinks that the “[ACT] doesn't show intelligence-- it shows how good you are at guessing. You don't have to use your own brain. Instead of letting you come up with your own answer, it forces you to pick an answer that one person created.”
Scores on this test will vary from person to person. The national average is 21 and the Missouri Bright Flight score is 30.
Kamryn Poe advises students to not “think [they] are not smart if [they] don't reach this goal. Everyone is different.”
All of the students surveyed had some amazing advice to give.
“Deep breath. It is not that bad and it will help you get into college. Study areas you struggle in (English, science, or math) and don't panic if you don't know the answer. Move on and come back,” Kamryn Poe suggests.
“Prepare, prepare, prepare…” Julia Unnerstall says. Later she adds, “and chew mint gum-- it helps you focus.”
Having a good breakfast is very important before taking this test. Martin Lewis recommends, “eggs, toast, and some blueberries. Eggs and blueberries are great ‘brain’ foods.”
Knowing a good night’s rest the week of the test is also important, Martin Lewis states, “Most humans run on a 48-hour sleep cycle, so it is important to not only get a good night's rest the night before, but also the nights leading up to it.”
For those taking the ACT soon, remember what these students had to say. They have been where you are and understand how stressful it can be.