Leesville Sophomores Take The Pre-ACT

Like majority of standardized tests, both the PSAT and the Pre-ACT tests are in multiple choice form, with the exception of certain math questions on the PSAT. (Photo used by permission of pixabay)

On Thursday, November 2, around five hundred sophomores from Leesville took the Pre-ACT, the Preliminary American College Testing.  The Pre-ACT is a multiple choice test with the purpose of simulating the ACT, a college entrance exam taken by juniors and seniors. The test lasts around two hours and includes the same four subjects that are included on the ACT: math, reading, science, and english, but the test does not include a written essay section.

Students take the Pre-ACT during their sophomore year of high school, but certain middle schools will offer the Pre-ACT during 7th grade to introduce students to high school level standardized testing. The Pre-ACT taken at Leesville is free, so all sophomores must take the test.

The Pre-ACT is scored with the same number range as the ACT, using the 1-36 scale, 1 being the lowest possible score, and 36 being the highest possible score. None of the Pre-ACT scores achieved will count for anything, they are just supposed to give a student an idea of what they would score on the actual exam. This overall number is called a composite number, which is simply the average of the math, science, reading, and English sections.

Taking the Pre-ACT provides an opportunity for colleges to gain information about future applicants, but there are no scholarship opportunities associated with the Pre-ACT.

Although there are no immediate benefits to the Pre-ACT, the test is free to take and is an easy way for sophomores to prepare to take the actual exam. “I’m glad the Pre-ACT is mandatory because I now feel more prepared for the ACT and it was actually pretty easy,” said Rebecca Michaud, sophomore via text.

The Pre-ACT is a useful test designed to provide students a glimpse into what taking the actual ACT is like. Taking the Pre-ACT help teach students how to pace their time correctly for future SAT and ACT testing.

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