The Explore-ACT and Plan-ACT testing remains an exciting avenue, providing students with an in-depth look at their strengths, weaknesses and career possibilities.
On Nov. 2 all freshmen took the Explore-ACT test while sophomores and juniors took the Plan-ACT test.
The intended purpose of these Pre-ACT tests was to prepare students for the actual ACT test, as well as allow them to set individual goals.
For the tests to fulfill their purpose, students must understand how to read correctly their score report and utilize the individualized information.
Associate Principal Mira Gobel conducted the explanation of the interpretation process, beginning by informing test-taker’s parents during the ACT Parent Night.
Gobel guided parents through the ACT pre-test components, explaining that the tests are curriculum based.
Gobel also explained that the test results will help students recognize their skills and potential, as well as reveal possible careers.
“We had a pretty good attendance for the parent night, about 150. The parents who came were very appreciative of the information and were anxious to see the results,” Gobel said.
Teachers explained how to interpret the test scores in their English and Science classes during the week of Jan. 24.
PowerPoint presentations allowed teachers to walk students through their reports, providing specific suggestions for improving academic skills, career opportunities based on their interests and students’ level of college readiness.
Each individual score report revealed areas needing academic improvement, as well as allowed students to see which questions they answered right or wrong. “This score report gives students specific information about what they can be working on. They shouldn’t be discouraged by it,” Gobel said.
Students can see their individual scores compared to those of students locally, state wide and nationally.
A closer examination of the Career Interest Inventory portion of the test will give scholars a look at possible career opportunities by matching careers with their interests.
The tests have been successful in challenging students to recognize the actions necessary to address specific areas of concern.
As well, the tests helped students in considering what classes can be taken to improve their college readiness.
“It is a learning year and we are already thinking of ways to improve it for next year. We are on to something great for our students,” Gobel said.