The ACT Test is a curriculum based examination that matches well with the education standards in our state. Taking the ACT can provide helpful information for all students, not just those who are planning to attend college.
Taking the ACT can give every student a measure of his/her academic strengths and weaknesses. You can use your results to recognize your academic strengths and areas where you need to improve, whether you intend to go to college or enter the workplace after high school.
The ACT exam will no longer be free for Missouri students but GSA keeps offering the ACT at no cost to its juniors and seniors. Eligible GSA juniors and top 5% high achieving sophomores will take ACT at our school on April 2nd, 2019.
Please contact your counselor for eligibility requirements.
Why Take the ACT? 9 Important Reasons
#1: Most Colleges Will Require Your Scores
There are, indeed, some colleges that don’t require scores—schools that are test-optional or even completely test-blind.
That being said, most colleges want to see how you did on the SAT and/or ACT. Colleges will accept either one—you don’t need to submit both unless you want to, and no college will dictate which you should send.
Not taking the test, then, severely limits your options regarding the schools you can hope to attend.
#2: There Are Score-Based Scholarships for the WinningMany colleges reward students with loads of tuition money, provided they can supply the appropriate test scores. Taking the ACT (and doing well on it) could actually lead to a full ride at some schools and generous scholarships at many other.
#3: Some Jobs Require Your Test Scores
This may seem odd, and it’s certainly a newer trend. Still, some potential bosses want to see data from the SAT or ACT before they hire you.
This doesn’t just apply to test prep jobs, either; it applies to jobs in consulting and the financial sector, too. According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s getting more common.
How much better, then, to get it taken care of now, rather than scrambling to take the test when an employer asks for scores unexpectedly? (Answer: A lot better.)
#4: The ACT Has a Science SectionThe SAT incorporates some scientific passages into the test, but there’s no all-out science section. If science is your thing, then—if you’re a total science whiz—use the ACT as an opportunity to shine!
#5: The ACT Is Lighter on Algebra Than the SAT
The ACT makes up for its relative lack of algebraic heft by shining the light on geometry and trigonometry more so than the SAT.
This, then, is largely a matter of taste and your sense of preparedness. If you’re not a fan of algebra, but you do really with geometry and trigonometry, opt for the ACT.
#6: The ACT Permits Calculators Throughout the Math Test
The SAT has a calculator portion and a no-calculator portion of the Math test. The no-calculator questions on the SAT are generally the kind a calculator wouldn’t help much on anyway, but, still, if you really rely on having those buttons to push, the ACT is your test.
This also applies if you simply dislike the kinds of calculations that you can do by hand. If you like crunching unwieldy numbers better than manipulating expressions by hand, go for the ACT!
#7: The ACT Does Not Have Any Grid-InsStudent-produced response questions, or grid-ins, are the ones where you supply your own answer, as featured on the SAT. These questions don’t exist on the ACT, meaning you always have answer choices handed to you to work with.
#8: The Essay on the ACT Wants Your Opinion
Well, technically, it doesn’t care whose opinion you give, but you do need to argue a case by evaluating and analyzing complex issues of relevance to humanity and life as a whole.
The SAT’s essay, on the other hand, is all about reading comprehension and literary analysis. If you’re a better debater than you are a literary detective, the ACT may be your test.
#9: The ACT Is Required by Some StatesAny high schooler going to school in certain states will be required to take some form of the ACT, either with or without writing. There’s not much choice to be had if you live in one of the states in question.