My daughter, Faith, is in 9th grade. NC requires we administer a nationally recognized test each year, which has been either CAT or Woodcock-Johnson. However, it had been recommended that I use the ACT from here on out to familiarize her with the test in hopes of achieving the highest score for possible scholarship opportunities. But yesterday, while actually in the midst of composing my email to you, I hear her crying. She was finally getting into the test prep material I had bought for her and she was so upset about the prospects of doing poorly on the test. Is this a bad idea? How did /or would you handle this? Any suggestions would be so appreciated.
My daughter did the ACT in 9th grade because we likewise live in NC & testing is required by state law. She did review some, but not a ton. I stressed to her that it was just a practise and not to worry too much about the score. I think she got a 19 or something like that. The next year, in 10th grade, she was much more prepared with the chemistry & geometry & scored a 28! She just took it again this year, but we don't have the results yet. This was her last time taking it, because she crunched 2 years into 1 & is graduating next month!!
I hadn't heard about the PLAN until a few weeks ago, so we had our daughter take the ACT this year in 10th grade. We knew that she wouldn't be ready for the math section (my husband has taught Math in the high schools) so we tried to convey to her that this was JUST PRACTICE.
She took the test about a month ago and made a 28! She should do better next year when she's had more math, and we will practice analyzing data to help her with the science section. She's planning to study music, so she needs solid, but not sky-high scores.
Knowing what we know now, I would have had her to the PLAN test at the high school instead of the ACT. But, it worked out well for us.
I read your blog posts every day and it's keeping me a little more sane as we do this high school adventure!