Pros and cons of taking the ACT through the school

Kaitlyn Tennant

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The juniors at Davis High are all dreading the date of March 3rd, 2020. This is the day of the ACT test taken through the school. However, is taking this test through the school really the best way to do it?

For those of you who have taken the ACT through the official ACT organization know that it can be pretty pricey. The cost of taking it through the ACT organization are $52.00 for the test with no writing and $68.00 for the test with writing.

There can also be additional fees if you register late or need to change the test date or center. These additional fees range from about $30.00 to $55.00. It will also cost you $13.00 for every place you want to send your score to.

The biggest benefit of taking the ACT through the school is that it is all payed for by the school. You will also get to send your score to three institutions of your choice for free.

The next benefit of doing the ACT through the school is that it is very convenient. The test dates take place during a scheduled school day, so it will not interrupt with your schedule and you will not have to go out of your way to get to a testing center. Davis’s starts at 7:30 a.m. which is just like a regular school day. All the students get to go home right after as well, so that is another bonus.

However, there are still some cons of taking the test through the school. If you plan on just taking the ACT through the school, then you will only have one chance to get the score you want. The school will only pay for one test. The school also does not provide as many opportunities for test prep as other organizations do.

ACT organization provides classes both online and in person with real instructors to help you prepare for the ACT. They also have many apps you can download on your phone and a prep book you can buy at your local Target or Barnes and Noble.

I asked 40 juniors whether they think that doing the ACT through the school is the better option and 31/40 of them said that it is.

When asked why, one student said this,

“The ACT is very stressful and it makes it a little less stressful to do it through the school because they make it such an easy process and everything is done during school hours. You don’t have to go out of your way for any part of the process.”