Junior year only means one thing…ACT

Junior year only means one thing...ACT

Emma Checchi, Staff writer

To the average upperclassmen, the ACT test seem like the most threatening thing they can face. The ACT is a standardized test taken by high school students across the nation. These particular test scores can influence how a college accepts or rejects a student. The pressure on today’s teens is higher than ever as their future education could prosper or fail because of the ACT.

The ACT is broken up into four tests, English, Reading, Math, and Science. There is also a 40-minute writing section. The four parts of the test are all multiple choice and students have roughly 30 seconds to a minute to answer one question in all the different sections. The questions vary difficulty and test critical thinking skills.

“The test just stresses me out,” St. Joseph junior Rachel Brokenshire stated. “I’m just so scared I’m going to fail and not get into a good college. My family stresses me out about it a lot and so does school. I feel like if I do badly then I’ll like be a disappointment.”

The ACT requires a lot of attention beforehand. Many students pay for ACT prep classes, and the prices can range from $500-$2000. A lot of hard work and preparation goes into taking the ACT.

When asked how prepared some students were, this is what St. Joseph junior Jiana Agrela, said: “I want to take classes but they’re really expensive so I’m kind of relying on school to help me,” Jiana said. “We do bell ringers in English and stuff but that’s really it, so I don’t know how I’m going to do (on the ACT).”

The ACT is a test that invites stress into many students’ lives. Most colleges require an ACT score for admittance, so one test score could have a college career on the line.