Explore Testing 2009-2010 What’s the big deal? What does it matter to me?
We know that you want to attend a university! Did you know that an ACT score is important to your future?
So…what’s the ACT? The ACT is a national exam that students across the United States take every year. It tells colleges how well you are prepared in English, math, reading and science.
English and Reading? What’s the difference? English Test measures standard written English—punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure (Usage/Mechanics) your understanding of the use of strategy, organization, and style in writing (Rhetorical Skills).
Reading Test Measures… Your ability to understand written material from different school subjects. Details in the passage, drawing conclusions, and making comparisons and generalizations. Just like the CRT tests!!!!! Big…long…reading passages!!!!
What does the science portion test? Scientific reasoning skills and your ability to understand scientific information and draw conclusions from it (not science facts!) Graphs, tables, and charts Research summaries (descriptions of several related experiments) Conflicting viewpoints (two or more hypotheses that are inconsistent with one another).
Science Topics Covered Includes: life sciences Earth/space sciences (geology, astronomy, and meteorology) physical sciences (chemistry, physics)
What does the Math portion cover? Questions on the test cover four areas pre-algebra, elementary algebra, geometry, and statistics and probability It’s all about thinking…not memorizing formulas! Critical thinking based questions!
The Explore is a “Practice” for the ACT! Take the information seriously….you could end up with thousands of dollars in scholarships when you graduate from high school.
What Does Your Score Mean? Your scores are between 1 (the lowest score you can receive) and 25 (the highest score you can receive)
Composite Score It’s just the average of your test scores in English, Math, Reading and Science
How Do Your Scores Compare? Percent of Students Scoring At or Below Your Score
Do you have a weak area? It’s ok if you do…you can fix it! Take the classes that will help you get that score up!!!! The Explore (or ACT) do not measure your intelligence. These tests measure what you have done! How can you apply what you know?
These are the minimum scores recommended to be ready for college based on all the research….will you be ready?
It’s up to you! Take the courses that will prepare you to have choices… Choice of colleges Choice of majors Choice of careers
Where can I find all this information? School website! (Multiple places!!!!) www.deercreekschools.org Click on Curriculum…Secondary Link www.deercreekms.org Click on Curriculum
What kind of ACT Score do I need to get admitted to the college of my choice? 2009 Examples…36 is the highest! Minimum scores… Most students are on the high end of the range… If it’s 30-34 most students are 34 who are admitted 2 Year College (No Minimum ACT) OCCC, OSU-OKC Regional Universities 20 (like East Central, Southwestern) OSU and OU 24 Harvard 31-34 Yale 29-34 UCLA 25-30 Duke 30-34 MIT 30-36 (5% of students can get in with a 25 or higher with strong Resumes at some selective schools…)
So…you want a perfect 36! That means.. You want a 25 on the Explore… 24 on the ACT…then you want a 17 on the Explore (top 30%)
It’s Up To You! Be sure that you have the choices that you want in 4 more years! It starts now… In 12 th Grade you can’t go back and take all of the tough courses that you missed! CHALLENGE YOURSELF!!!!!