Jumping that ACT score is the best paying job a high school student could ever have, but still many myths about the test persist.
Here are six common myths surrounding the ACT.
Myth No. 1: Don’t take the ACT too many times.
Truth: Actually, colleges don’t care how many times a student takes the ACT. Colleges just care about a student’s highest composite and sub-scores. If the college of your dreams requires a 32 for a full-tuition scholarship — the University of Nebraska at Lincoln or the University of Alabama, for example — take the ACT at least four times to get that number and money.
Myth No. 2: Some colleges don’t accept the ACT.
Truth: All colleges do. All colleges also accept the SAT.
Myth No. 3: The ACT doesn’t affect community college students.
Truth: A higher ACT score can often exempt a student from remedial classes, which are classes taken on a college campus that are below college-level. These courses, often required by students who discover they have failed placement tests, are an unwelcome reality for about 50 percent of all community college students. “Less than 25 percent of these remedial students at community colleges earn a certificate or degree within eight years,” according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. A note to families and schools — please do everything possible so your students avoid remedial classes. This includes preparing for multiple ACT tests. Additionally, many community colleges give scholarships based on ACT scores. Yet another reason to prepare for and take the ACT as many times as necessary.
Myth No. 4: The science section primarily tests science.
Truth: The ACT science section primarily tests a student’s ability to assess charts, tables and graphs. Science background matters for a few questions, but the bulk of the science…