|Posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM|
I am an 18 year old college freshman and I am frustrated. I was a national honors society member and I was on the honor roll every semester of high school. I had mostly honors classes and I completed pre-calculus. Why did I get a 17 on the ACT? Also, I am currently taking remedial math which does not count toward graduation. How does this happen? - Emma
Many students and parents assume that their school will give them everything they need to be successful. Many teachers assume that the book that district buys for classroom instruction will adequately prepare the students for the state test. However many students come to the classroom on different levels, therefore the teacher has to adjust the curriculum to accommodate the majority. Thus many students suffer with a dubbed down program to accommodate the masses. Also sometimes when you look at what is required to make an “A” a great portion of it is teacher pleasing: (make the teacher happy). Tests may be teacher generated and may not be rigorous enough and on level for ACT Preparation. So many students achieve a high gpa which is required to get into the National Honor Society but it has no correlation to the ACT curriculum. All across the country students not only in public schools, but private and charter/magnet schools are finding themselves in this same situation. Parents and students need to take ownership of what they learn and stop waiting for the teacher to be all and do all for you. Now that you have found yourself in this situation take advantage of the free tutoring services available at your college and set a goal for yourself to increase your academic levels in all areas. Students that are still in high school buy an ACT Test prep book that will prepare you. Take an ACT prep course every year beginning in the 6th grade. If you want a high score on the ACT you need to take charge of your study plan and work on it weekly. Begin taking the test the summer of your 7th grade to begin getting familiar with the test, but do not send it to any school. ACT has published two articles that are intended for Educators, but I think parents and students that want to take ownership of what they learn should read and use. The first one is The Nonnegotiable Knowledge and Skills Needed by All Eighth-Grade Students and Curriculum Review Worksheets. These two documents tell you the exact skills required by 8th grade to make the score you want on the ACT.