Does the ACT determine your future?

By: Jasmine Potts

Senior year is here and time is running out fast. All the preparation from your previous years have finally paid off and it’s time to start applying for college. This will not be an easy road for some, but you will be provided help to give you some knowledge of what you’re signing up for. Even if you’ll be attending college for eight years, four, or twelve you’ll benefit from applying. Reality sets in, and we are all tired and stressed. Undergoing this process, you will be applying for many things, taking tests, and filling out lots of paperwork.

There are many steps to applying for college which are starting the College Application Process. Complete the FAFSA, fill Out the Common App, write a Standout College Essay etc,  but the number one test you take will leave you in distraught. I don’t want to give you an idea of not pursuing your college dreams, but why is there a process of twelve years of school for our future to be determined by one test: The ACT (American College Testing)? The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. The test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. It also offers an optional direct writing test. We as individuals go through the previous years of school for education and fundamental economic growth, which then prepares us for the ACT.

Tests don’t define us, nor do they determine our future. Though earning high scores on these tests will help you to get into a selective college, the scores can’t necessarily determine your future beyond that. So, does the ACT determine our future? The answer to this question is complicated because high ACT scores are intertwined with many other factors that may lead to academic success.

Overall, studies have shown that test scores are less reliable predictors of a student’s academic success in college than high school GPA. Your grades over the course of four years are overall a more accurate representation of your potential for academic success than your scores on one test. The pressure is on when it comes to impressing colleges and universities with both stellar test scores and strong GPAs, but don’t be afraid, it’s just a test. The most important aspect of easing your mind is to focus, study and eat a nutritious meal. I wish you all the best of luck. 

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