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ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

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

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

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

Students take ACTion, ACT prep course offerings

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

Universities switch to test-optional administration

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

School resources contribute to college prep

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

Staff Editorial: college applications, more than just scores

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...

ACT scores steadily improving

ACT scores steadily improving

Katie Hutton, Visual Arts Managing Editor

October 2, 2014

The ACT is a test that causes stress and worry every year for students across the country, but students at Stillwater Area High School need not to feel these emotions, because they have the knowledge that their school's scores have been steadily improving each year since 2009. The ACT test scores for juniors have steadily inclined ea...

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