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Astro Takes On the ACT

Hannah Sakuma, 11

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The Juniors at our school just took the ACT on February 28.  According to Princeton University, the ACT is an entrance exam that consists of English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing sections.  The ACT is  used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.   The Brevard County School board paid for all juniors in the county to take the normally $50 test on February 28th.

Many students who took the test felt prepared for the writing part.  Students had to write a fully developed essay that defended their stance on the viewpoints given.  Some felt that they were prepared based on the routine timed writes they take every week.

“I felt prepared for the ACT writing portion because of my AP Lit/Lang class.  We practice writing in timed conditions every Wednesday.  I felt pretty confident writing about the subject and making the argument,” junior Eryn Rutherford said.

Other students felt the impact of distractions and interruptions during the test.  All the juniors were assigned different testing locations based on the first letter of their last name.  With all of the students packed into the rooms, there were some disturbances during the exam.

“There was so many distractions during the test.  Students could not help preventing the constant sniffling and sneezing.  So many people were getting tissues and some even had to get paper towels to use after the bathroom break,” junior Sarah Johnson said.

Some students felt the need to prepare for the test.  A group of juniors took to weekly Starbucks trips in order to study for the ACT.  The students timed themselves with ACT conditions and graded their responses from the booklet given to them by the Astronaut guidance.

“I felt pretty good about the test.  I’ve had a group of friends that I was studying the ACT practice exams with.  The practice booklet was very similar to the test,” junior Laith Hatoum said.

Students have to wait 2-8 weeks after their testing date to see their scores.  The writing scores normally take an additional 2 weeks to be posted online.  Good luck to all students who took the ACT!

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Astro Takes On the ACT