ACT blitz helps students prepare and boost scores

Friday, April 22, 2016

SIKESTON -- It's a major milestone for most high school students -- taking the college entrance exam.

This week all juniors in Missouri participated for the second year in the free administration of the ACT exam during school hours. Sikeston High School's nearly 230 juniors took the ACT Tuesday morning at the Math and Science Center.

Prior to Tuesday, the students prepared for the national college entrance exam that tests students in English, math, reading and science. The ACT is one measure colleges and universities use when deciding admittance and scholarships.

Among the most popular ways Sikeston High school students prepare to take the exam is through the "ACT blitz" offered in English, science, math and reading by Sikeston High School academic coaches Libby Caskey, Sally Lape, Wanda Throop and Betsy Hunter.

"The main thing we try to do is work with the students on strategies to be a better test-taker because the ACT test is timed, and it is a difficult test. Sometimes students feel overwhelmed," said Throop, science academic coach for SHS.

Through the blitz, students are taught ways to budget their time and handle it better and they also talk about some of the content areas, Throop said.

"For example, Betsy gives them a list of formulas they have to know," Throop said. "We put it all together for them before they go on and and have everything organized and strategies for English, math, reading and science."

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