Students and faculty react to ACT’s updates effective September 2020

ACT introduced a new policy with a variety of options effective September 2020.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

In the height of college application season, seniors in particular are scrambling to compile their highest test scores to send to their dream schools. Not yet at this stage, juniors and even underclassmen are going from study groups to workbooks to tutors to prepare for the often dreaded ACT. Effectiv...

Perfect scores do not equal perfect applications

Between stacks of ACT prep books, junior Ronik Bhaskar reaches forward for college pamphlets as he looks towards higher education. Bhaskar earned a 36 on his ACT. “Getting a 36 was a combination of lots of early mornings doing practice tests and a healthy dose of luck,” Bhaskar said.

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

In third grade, Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing was the best time of the year; teachers passed out Cheez-Its and Smarties periodically, there was no homework and more importantly, I didn’t have to learn history that week. This year, when I took the practice ACT April 2, I felt no such ...

Where the ACT takes West

Where the ACT takes West

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

April 11, 2018

A look at where ACT scores historically land west students after high school.

Senior Salomi Inje struggles with FAFSA as a non-U.S. citizen

Senior Salmoi Inje works on homework in the library. “I’m in debate and mock trial so I’m not really a sports person. My interests are very much academic. I want to go into Pediatrics so I’ll probably go through some pre-med track and then figure out my special later,” Inje said.

Carly Anderson, Managing EiC Intern

January 10, 2018

After taking her ACT in June of 2017, senior Salomi Inje received a perfect score—a 36 out of 36. Inje was also a National Merit Semifinalist. These accomplishments should have qualified her for automatic Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] from most colleges, but because Inje is not a Unite...

Standardized tests inaccurately judge student abilities

Junior Sarah Burnham looks over ACT and SAT information in the College and Career Center.

Sarah Burnham

October 10, 2014

Like many high schoolers today, I am a college-bound student and have done everything in my power to make sure I land myself in a university after high school. Between playing a sport, doing volunteer work and earning good grades in honors and AP classes, I thought college was in the bag. But, unfortunately,...

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