Free ACT opportunity for BSHS students

“The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take the actual test, take practice tests, practice problems, and correct mistakes!”


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By Marissa Green

The ACT is a highlighted word in every American student’s vocabulary. There are classes dedicated to dissecting the questions, textbooks aiding the rigorous studying, and teachers trained to help students make it through the four-hour ordeal. This October 2nd, BSHS juniors and seniors will be offered a free ACT test during the school day–an event which hasn’t happened since 2016.

When preparing for the test, Kathy July, an ACT Prep and math teacher, shared helpful tips for the BSHS students whom are fortunate enough to be taking the test.

“The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take the actual test, take practice tests, practice problems, and correct mistakes!” July said. “Students cannot improve on errors unless they know what they missed and how to correct those errors. Our teachers here at BSHS do a great job in preparing students.”

July has been teaching ACT Prep (the math and science side of things) for over six years, alongside Michelle Veitor (the brains behind the english and reading portion).

“The most difficult part of the ACT differs from student to student, but I think the length of the test is a big hurdle to overcome. Practice taking a four hour test does help increase student endurance and student scores,” July added.

Junior Elle Pinnock will be taking the ACT for the first time on October 2nd. The cost (free) of the exam is a great stress reducer for many students.  

“I am extremely relieved that it’s free,” Pinnock said.

Pinnock has not done much to prepare for the test, but plans to take the ACT Prep course second semester.

Senior Noah Hinton, whom took the ACT for the first time in June, will be taking it once more in October-solely because it’s free.

“I think it should always be free, because even though it doesn’t seem like a lot of money to a lot of people, for some people it is. I think everybody should have the opportunity to take one and not be financially affected by it,” Hinton said.

Hinton scored a 32 on the ACT his first time, but still took the practice ACT on September 20th to refresh his memory.

Before taking the test, make sure to gather all of the necessary materials. Students will need: their admission ticket, acceptable ID, two #2 pencils, a calculator, wristwatch to watch the time, and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.Students should get a good night’s rest the night before, and eat breakfast before going in for testing.

Students will be provided with more information about where and when they are testing from their teachers. Until then, make sure to practice problems, timing and endurance.