ACT Preparation

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We understand the importance of planning for the ACT, and we know that you, as parents, want to make sure your child has the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to be successful...as do we. That is why we are excited to share our new ACT Readiness Plan with you! CVA is working with ACT to provide activities/experiences that will help our high schoolers prepare for the ACT. 

Starting in 9th grade, our students will be encouraged to take on a rigorous class load instead of taking the bare minimum. The more classes they take, particularly in math and science, the more prepared they will be for the ACT. Our 9th graders will be introduced to an online program called ACT Academy, which will allow them to do mini assessments throughout the year, both on their own and facilitated by their teachers. In addition, they will do a Profile Assessment, which is an interest and career inventory, in the Spring.

As sophomores our students will take the Pre-ACT, which will be paid for and administered by CVA. Once they receive their scores, our students will plug them into ACT Academy where they will be used to generate an individualized study plan for each student that will allow them to hone in on their weakest areas. In addition they may continue with the mini assessments in ACT Academy.

In the Spring of their junior year, students will be required to take the ACT school-wide assessment. Like the Pre-ACT, it will be paid for and administered by CVA. Last year was our first year of offering the ACT right here at our school. At that time we offered it to all juniors as well as any seniors who had not yet had the opportunity to take the ACT. Also like the Pre-ACT, these scores can be entered into ACT Academy to generate a new individualized study plan.

As seniors, as well as throughout the four years of high school, our students would still be able take the ACT at Union College anytime they want to in an attempt to raise their scores. Union College offers it on Sundays every other month during the school year, and at least once during the summer.

For additional help please contact Lori Lambrecht, Registrar at llambrecht@cvak12.org.

 

Frequently Asked ACT Questions

  1. What is a good score?  The ACT is scored on a scale of 1–36, and the average ACT score for the class of 2017 is 21. There are 4 sections on the ACT: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Each section is scored out of 36 points. Your composite ACT score is an average of your 4 section scores.
  2. What is the ACT test used for? It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.
  3. Is the ACT or SAT harder? Neither the SAT nor the ACT is “easier” or “harder” than the other – but different types of students usually do MUCH better on one than they do on the other. I tutor both the SAT and the ACT, but my reputation has been built in the SAT space.
  4. Can you use a calculator on the ACT? You may use a calculator on the ACT Mathematics Test but not on any of the other tests in the ACT. You are not required to use a calculator. All problems on the Mathematics Test can be solved without a calculator. WARNING: You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted.