Changes coming to ACT college entrance exam next year

Changes coming to ACT college entrance exam next year

October 14, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>I DO THINK THIS IS A STEP IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO SORT OF
LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. MARY: THAT STEP, COMING TO THE
ACT NEXT YEAR. PREVIOUSLY.>>DEPENDENT UPON IF THEIR SCORE
IS THE SCORE THEY WANT TO GET
INTO A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE,
THEY WOULD GO A RETEST AS
NEEDED, IF THEY CAN AFFORD IT. MARY: BUT NOW, STUDENTS CAN
RETAKE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS OF
THE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM
INSTEAD OF THE ENTIRE TEST. ASHLEY NORRIS IS THE CHIEF
ACADEMIC OFFICER AT PROCTORU, AN
EXAM SECURITY COMPANY IN HOOVER. SHE SAYS THE CHANGES MAY TAKE
SOME FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OFF
FAMILIES AND STUDENTS.>>YOU CAN ASSUME THAT THE
RETAKES WILL BE MUCH LESS
EXPENSIVE. SO HAVING LOWER RETAKE COSTS FOR
CERTAIN SECTIONS CAN DEFINITELY
IMPROVE THAT. MARY: STUDENTS WILL ALSO GET TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN NEW ONLINE
TESTING OR TRADITIONAL PAPER
TESTING AT A TEST CENTER. CHANGES START NEXT SEPTEMBER
SOME WORRY THIS WILL GIVE THE
UPPER HAND TO STUDENTS WHO CAN
AFFORD MORE RETAKES.>>THERE ARE ALREADY TEST PREP
PROGRAMS IN PLACE THAT GIVE
ADVANTAGES EVEN WHEN TAKING THE
ENTIRE TEST, SO THAT’S ALWAYS
GOING TO BE SOMETHING IN
STANDARDIZED TESTING. MARY: STILL, NORRIS THINKS THIS
IS THE RIGHT STEP FOR TESTING.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO JUST
PREPARE YOURSELF AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE. MARY: WHILE GETTING STUDENTS
READY FOR THE FUTURE. IN BIRMINGHAM, MARY O’CONNELL,
WV