Round II of testing

Cam Trout, Writer

The ACT, a test that many are familiar with, is a rigorous college readiness exam. This test helps colleges compare students for admissions, financial aid and college readiness. The ACT tests students in the subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science. On April 19, all OHS juniors will be taking the ACT and writing test for the duration of the school day. The freshman and senior classes will not have school that day, and the sophomore class will take the Science MCA.

The ACT is among the most stressful tasks anyone will face in their high school career. The ACT affects where one can go to college, how much financial aid one will receive and eligibility for other scholarships. Regardless of whether these are priorities to students or not, the pressure is real. On top of everyday coursework and living life, it can cause great mental fatigue on even the best of students.

Minnesota has consistently had one of the highest average ACT composite scores nationwide. In 2016, Minnesota’s average ACT composite score was 21.1; the national average was 20.8. However by being dedicated, studying and using the skills obtained in class, OHS students can achieve the results they are looking for.

One way to better the chances of doing well is to study. The curriculum that schools follow give the necessary tools to do well on an exam like the ACT, however the ACT primarily focuses on critical thinking. Most students will either purchase ACT study books, take ACT practice tests or visit ACT help websites. Junior Braeden Meier said, “I used a phone app to study for the ACT.” This year academic support has incorporated periods of various ACT help in each subject. Mr. Maine said, “I’ve held academic support hours for students who are interested in reviewing basic math skills needed for the ACT.” If students utilize these assets, it will hopefully help relieve stress and give them the confidence to do well. Good luck to all students taking on this endeavor.