Yet another challenge of the coronavirus pandemic: Spring ACT Testing for LPSS juniors. Luckily, the test has been rescheduled and seniors (and graduating juniors) at LPSS schools can take the ACT at their school campus on Tuesday, October 6. The state of Louisiana requires high school juniors to take the ACT test, and it pays for school-based testing each year. LPSS GEAR UP is urging all seniors to show up for the fall test day on Tuesday.
“Taking the ACT can open new doors for students they may not have considered,” says Traci Aucoin, GEAR UP Project Director. “Even those who have taken the test before can benefit from testing again, since only their highest scores are used.”
LPSS encourages all seniors and graduating juniors, including those who may not be planning to attend college, to take the ACT exam on Oct. 6 free of charge. In addition to saving about $40 in testing costs, taking the test on campus offers several benefits. First, students may do better than they expect, opening new opportunities for continuing education and TOPS funding. Second, a good ACT score can help balance a lower GPA when applying to colleges. Third, if a student changes his or her mind in the future and decides to attend college at a later date, an ACT score will still be required. And finally, ACT test results include a valuable educational and career planning component.
The ACT is designed to assess students’ general learning outcomes. The ACT is a curriculum-based educational and career planning tool that assesses mastery of state and college readiness standards. Accepted by all four-year colleges and universities, it is a preferred college entrance test.
Though other high school students will not be on campus Tuesday, schools will be open and ready to welcome
seniors for ACT testing. Buses will run for seniors, and other high school students have been notified to not
report to campus. Students interested in taking practice tests or reviewing study guides ahead of the Oct. 6
test can go to https://app.masteryprep.com/login and login with their student email as username and ACT123 as
password. As always, students can also contact their guidance counselor for assistance.
LPSS GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a college-access program
that provides students and families with the support and resources they need for college success.