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Students dislike the ACT

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The English hall is blocked off and the fourth period is two hours long. Juniors were absent from all classes except for fifth and sixth period. This was the situation on Feb. 27th, 2018, when the juniors took the ACT.

The ACT stands for American College Test and is an exam used by colleges to partially determine acceptance. Higher scores on the ACT can qualify students for scholarships and other accolades. They also indicate to colleges that a student has learned enough and has sufficient critical-thinking skills in order to attend and do the work required.

It is also considered an equalizer for students across the nation since every state has different standardized tests. By taking the ACT, a student would have a score that would qualify them for any college within the nation, even if they are out of state.

Students, however, dislike taking the test.

“I don’t want to [take the ACT],” said junior Jessica Egna before the exam.

Students find the test stressful, partially because of the high stakes attached to it, as well as the prospect of taking these tests over the course of approximately four hours. They also find the tests to be mentally draining. For the majority of students, lunch was much later than they were used to, since it was past the usual window of fourth lunch, the last lunch period of the day. This all contributes to the stress the test brings, which is the primary complaint.

Keeping these in mind, it’s easy to see why some students still not want to take the test, even despite knowing the positive aspects.

“I know why we have to take these, but I still don’t want to,” said junior Zach Whitmoore before his exam.

The circumstances of the ACT were also difficult for some teachers. Teachers in the English hall were required to give up their rooms for testing, as was the new gym and the library. Some teachers were also required in order to help proctor and administer the tests. It also resulted in teachers having their fourth-period class for two hours, much longer than the usual allotted time.

The test, however, was free to all juniors in the school, and that should not be overlooked. These tests usually cost $62.50 for students to take, but the ACT was paid for by the county in order to help students along the path to success. Despite all the inconveniences and complaints caused by the ACT, it ultimately will help the students of Northwest with their college applications.

They will receive the results of the ACT within five to eight weeks. While these results may have caused unnecessarily high levels of stress for the juniors, such as Egna and Whitmoore, they will help make their futures a little brighter.

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