The ACT is a test that ultimately decides if you get to attend the university of your dreams or settle for a university that’s in more of your range. All because you didn’t get a certain score, your plans for college are now changing, and that’s not fair. The ACT shouldn’t have that much power.
For years, high school students have prepared themselves to take the ACT in hopes that they score high to continue their educational career at the university of their choice. And, for years now we have heard the stories of students taking the test multiple times and not once getting the score they need, so they end up just staying home or attending community college with plans to transfer in the future. This isn’t how it should be. Nine out of 10 times these students are scholars that have maintained a 4.0 gpa through highschool, no stranger to principal’s honor roll and have exceeded academic expectations. Does all their hard work not mean anything? In school, we stress the importance of good grades and building a resume, but what’s the point if it all gets overlooked because of one test?
Not being able to attend the college of your choice can cause a form of sadness and a sense of failure which some students can’t handle. I personally know students who gave up on the whole idea of school because they were denied entry to their first choice because their ACT score wasn’t high enough. This caused them to think down of themselves and just stay home for their college career. We can’t let this happen. There has to be other ways for universities to be able to judge students range of knowledge.
I get the idea of wanting to make sure that students are prepared for college. The ACT can be an eye opener for some, letting them realize that maybe they’re just not ready for college curriculum yet, but that doesn’t seem to be the case often. “As great as Missouri Western is, it wasnt my first choice,” sophomore Talequa Evans, a Missouri Western student, said. “I attempted the ACT three times and received the same low score each time. Regardless of me being a 4.0 student throughout high school, it affected the schools that I got accepted in.” Talequa is one of the many examples of how the ACT changed her college path before it even began.
The ACT is a test that is is very influential in how you begin your college career. Performing poor on this test can affect how you spend your college career or if you even choose to continue it. One test shouldn’t have so much influence over how someone starts their college experience. Colleges can’t keep basing the majority of their decision on one test. The ACT isn’t fair.