The ACTs are on the minds of Utah teens anxious to get into their college of choice. The next step for many families is using that ACT score to earn scholarships to pay for it, so Nicea brought on her brother, Garrett Muse, administrator with Granite School District to talk about the dos and don’ts of preparing for the ACTs.
The score is everything. Scoring even one point higher than a previous time your student took the test can mean the difference between a half scholarship and a two-thirds scholarship, said Muse, whose own son had this happen.
Reagan asked how your student should prepare to take the test and Muse said there are many paid prep courses available but that the state even offers students a free course online as well. Your child can begin prep courses as early as six months before to gain practice. It is also a good idea to take the test at least one time in your sophomore year to get in a trial run, but the junior year is also when it is normally taken, even as far as the first semester of senior year.
Take note, only your child’s best score is sent to colleges and universities, so it can pay off to take the test more than once, but preparation is key so as to not throw money away just for the sake of taking the test.
Muse says the ACT “means a lot” because colleges look at not only your GPA and the difficulty of courses you took, which can be subjective from student to student depending on how they were taught. The ACT is the same test for everyone and can say a lot to administrators about your level of academic ability.
Your student should remember that taking it more than once is definitely ok and even recommended to try and get the highest score possible. It could mean the difference between getting in to the college of your child’s dreams and a scholarship to help pay for it.