From June 6 through June 10, eighteen students committed their summer mornings and some afternoons to a focused preparation for their ACT test held on June 11. This special preparation class was open to students entering grades 10 through 12 for the 2016-2017 school year and included several first time test takers as well as five students with previous ACT testing experience.
Faculty members Sister Christa Marie (English and Reading) and Mr. Seth Elley (Math and Science) drilled students in the testing concepts, often reviewing material students had learned in previous instructional years. Practice tests were given on each day to familiarize students with the format of the test and the content of test instructions. Teachers spent time explaining the logic behind answer choices and students were able to graph their own performance improvement throughout the week.
Results were very encouraging. Those with previous ACT scores for comparison saw composite score improvements of up to four points, thereby positioning themselves for college acceptances and scholarship offerings.
In the area of reading, a school wide focus, students with previous ACT reading scores for comparison realized increases in scores, with one student achieving an eight point improvement!
Feedback from student participants via survey showed an overwhelming consensus that the class met the expectations of the students; they highly recommended that the course be repeated next year. Sister, Mr. Elley, and Mr. Toman (school counselor) are currently looking at the outcomes with course improvements in mind with a look to offering this aid to students once again.
Congratulations to those students who attended! We are proud of your commitment to academic excellence!