Adam Nelson ’15 – Copy Editor

Finally, the day has come and gone. Over a year of preparation, countless math, reading, english, and science workshops later, the Class of 2015 has finally taken the ACT. For many students, the ACT proctored by the school is their maiden voyage with official collegiate testing.

Starting as soon as 9th grade, students are taught how to quickly read passages and siphon the important information out, look at the science questions first as to not get side tracked, and to take our time on the math.

When the adviser reads the same directions for the last time, there is only 35 minutes to finish that portion. Test takers are forced to use whatever methods they know, and do their best. Students like Paul Porth (11) had mixed opinions on the preparation for the ACT, and which portions were the hardest.

“I felt like last year even as a sophomore we did more ACT prep than this year. The free ACT prep workshop helped a lot though. I studied a lot before on my own and I still thought the ACT was very difficult,” said Plorth.

The free ACT was a preparation workshop offered in the library in the weeks leading up to the ACT. Each workshop was heavily attended, and some even filled up. Some students liked the preparation taught in 10th grade, although other students, like Josh Mulrenin (11), don’t feel it helped as much as it could have.

“I felt that freshman and sophomore year didn’t really prepare me well, but as a junior I felt the teachers focused more on preparing us to do our best. The math and science were my best sections, I felt the reading and english were tough though,” (Mulrenin).

It is worth mentioning that Josh Mulrenin is a math/science student at RETC, and it leads to questions about how both paths prepare differently. It makes sense that the math/science RETC program would prepare for these sections heavier, but does that mean they spend as much time on english as they should?

Graphic by Maddie Geffert ’14 – Graphics Editor

Preparing for the ACT is hard to do in class while every week new material has to be learned in order to meet the demands of the curriculum. This is especially true in the mathematics section, because this year students are learning one type of math. The ACT looks at mathematics knowledge from 8th grade geometry to the post-algebra level.

Jordan Forest (11) had difficulty with the Math Section.

“The math section was the hardest. For me, it wasn’t that I struggle in math, it’s just the things on the test weren’t what I’m familiar with from class everyday,” said Forest.

From here, the same argument arises. Romeo High School offers an ACT for all students. How much time should be spent on preparation, and how much should be done by the students themselves? Although some of the information is relevant both in the class and on the test, most of it isn’t. As students prepare themselves for a retake of the ACT, or sophomores prepare themselves for their first encounter, maybe the best advice is the easiest – if you don’t know, pick C.

Graphic by Maddie Geffert ’14 – Graphics Editor

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