By Evie Fowler
Artwork by Charlie LaMountain
Last week, The College Board announced groundbreaking news in regards to the ACT.
Starting in 2020, a new practice will be put into place that will relieve some of the stress from high schoolers everywhere. In the St. Mary’s Upper School, talk of college and applications is everywhere. It is inevitable, seeing as it is a college preparatory school. With this talk, though, comes stress from many turkeys as they think about the SAT and ACT.
In addition to new online testing and personal superscoring, sending in the highest scores from each section of the test, starting in September of 2020, students will be allowed to take one section of the test at a time. The only restrictions are that they must have taken a full ACT before retaking one section, and that they must retake the sections on designated national testing days.
When talking about these new changes, junior Rachel Beem said, “I think that the new subject tests are a good idea, because for me, I’m better at science and math, so I can just retake the English instead of having to retake those sections that I already know how to do … also, when you’re taking the tests, it’s tiring, so by retaking it, it allows you to focus and not be so tired by the end of the test.”
Mrs. Thompson, the associate dean of college counseling at St. Mary’s said, “I think it will definitely advantage students because a lot of times students have one section or two sections where they may be weaker than the other and they’ll continue taking the entire test.” She continued, “The only question I have is about inflation of test scores. Being able to focus on one section where a student is weak and then retake it and be able to superscore it with other tests, the test prep will be more seen. There will be a greater disparity between students with more test prep and students who do not have it … but, for our girls, it is a good thing.”
The modifications will be officially put in place in September 2020.
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