Mandatory ACT exams commence TuesdayJuniors required to test in order to graduate
During her Geometry class, sophomore Catherine Wright works on her geometry packet. Students are given these packets to practice what they have learned, Oct. 20, 2017. Photo Credit: Eriyale Williams
In order to qualify for graduation, juniors will take the ACT exam next Tuesday. In January, students were given a practice ACT exam to prepare for what to expect on the test.
“I think that students are very prepared to take the test,” Dean James Cambell said. “I’ve seen teachers like Mr. Davis [English teacher] give his students practice tests all year long so that they are prepared.”
Upon finishing the second portion of the test, the administration will serve bags of snacks in each hallway where students are being tested. Some snacks include string cheese, water and gold fish.
“One of the things that I have been working on is my timing,” junior Timothy Chan said. “I found in the practice ACT that I took way too much time on one question and it ended up making me stressed out because I didn’t know if I’ll finish in time.”
Once testing is completed, students will be directed to the cafeteria where they can watch movies and play life-size board games such as Connect Four until the school day is over.
“One of the strategies that I plan on using during the test is looking at the questions and answer choices before reading the passage,” junior Nina Perry said. “I find that this is really helpful because then I’m able to find some of the answers while reading the passage.
Students who will not be taking the test on Tuesday will be excused from school.
“Previously, our average school score on the ACT has been a 22,” Campbell said. “That’s why this year we have been urging students to prepare more and strive to get that 23. We have seen a rise in Nevada’s ACT scores which is quit the accomplishment because every single junior is required to take the test. You’d think the scores would drop but instead they have risen.”