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ACT postponed due to COVID-19

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Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

March 29, 2020

¨I believe that the biggest effect on the Class of 2021 is the emotional impact of the uncertainty that comes with tremendous change,¨ Assistant Principal Chris Otto said.  As the global pandemic COVID-19 has taken its course, events are being canceled or postponed. The ACT was scheduled for Marc...

ACT testing adds unneeded stress and provides an unfair advantage

Junior Tyler Olson studies an ACT Prep Class textbook. Many students take time out of their classes to study for the ACT, which interferes with their focus and learning experience during class time.

Lucas Polucha, Video Editor

February 18, 2020

For many college-bound students, the ACT or SAT tests present the largest hurdle in high school. What is intended to be a test of one's ability too often becomes a stressful, inaccurate and even unfair. Colleges should find less stressful and more balanced ways to determine a student's eligibility for...

While politicians insist that A.C.T. testing should be required, facts disagree

Anxiety builds as students line up to take the A.C.T. at Century College, a test that will likely deceive people.

Adam Guinee, Podcast Reporter

January 10, 2020

The A.C.T is supposed to be a test that measures a persons capacity as a student by evaluating them in the four subjects of english, math, reading, and science. ACT, inc. is the non-profit organization which created the A.C.T. test. They continue to assert that the assessment measures a student's ac...

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

Stillwater school district cuts the ACT out of the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The ACT is a test that measures student's skills in 5 core areas: English, math, reading, science and writing (optional).

Carina Block, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

This year's junior class took the ACT April 2 with no cost to the students, but a large price tag of $41 thousand to the school. Next year, there will no longer be a free, school-funded ACT exam. In recent years, the state has not provided school districts with money for them to provide tests like the A...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Junior Alli Kelm prepares for the ACT. There are multiple ways to prepare for the ACT. Kelm practices  her speed and knowledge of questions by doing practice worksheets.

Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter

December 20, 2018

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth grade, teachers will talk about the ACT but never go in depth. ACT curriculum should be taught m...

Students take ACTion, ACT prep course offerings

Across the country, juniors and seniors prepare to take the ACT, such as junior Haakon Bjork. The competitive nature of the test has created many means of trying to get a better score: apps, books/booklets, and classes.

Elise Truman, Online editor

November 17, 2018

  An all-out academic battle, where only the strongest survive, and even fewer thrive. The ACT is a standardized test that the majority of the midwestern and southern students take during their junior or senior year. The ACT is comprised of 5 timed sections, math, reading, English, science and a...

Universities switch to test-optional administration

A list of Universities. The University of Chicago is the clear choice because that was the only college that offered test optional admission.

AnnaMarie Born, Business Editor

November 1, 2018

The University of Chicago and other top colleges are beginning to make the switch to test optional admission. On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that they were going to have a test optional process. Colleges are making the switch to encourage a more diverse campus and to equal th...

Preparing for college admissions tests, resources easily available

Preparing for college admissions tests, resources easily available

Ashlyn Aarness, Photography Editor

April 5, 2017

College prep tests are right around the corner and students are beginning to realize the pressure and time it takes to prepare for these tests.  Different strategies work for different people and knowing when to begin the task of studying can be hard. There is a mix between students who do not study at all and...

ACT prep classes beneficial

ACT prep classes beneficial

Cassie Hansen, Photographer

November 18, 2015

Crucial to college acceptance is the score from a college entrance exam. The ACT or SAT are the two options for students, with the ACT having some 1.6 million students take it each year. Both tests are aimed at determining college readiness. The importance of their results is known by student...

Standardized testing helps for college but does not measure knowledge

Standardized testing helps for college but does not measure knowledge

Tiana Meador, Photographer

October 21, 2015

Standardized tests are something considered unnecessary for proficiency and success among many high school students because of how they are found to cause minimal, but in most cases zero, impact on final grades.  Little do students know, these ungraded tests play a large role in success prior...

School resources contribute to college prep

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Tiana Meador, Photographer

October 5, 2015

College is a growing source of anxiety among many high school students of the millennial generation. Whether it is the growing pressure to be successful, or simply doubt, many teens are unaware of the options they have to soothe their nerves. In 2015, the trouble that millennials face in the...

Staff Editorial: college applications, more than just scores

Infographic by Sam Hudachek

Pony Express Staff

November 19, 2014

No person wants to be a number. When being admitted to college, that is what students essentially are. Admission officers rank certain factors and give a person a number based off factors to see if the person would be a good fit for acceptance. Students are starting to wonder what qualities colleges...

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