The First College Admissions Test Based On Information Taught

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August 21, 1959 E.F. Lindquist created the first college admissions test based on information taught in school, thus forever changing the world of college preparations and admission (ACT History, 2014). Since the creation of the ACT in 1959 it has grown and became one of the most important tests students college bound will ever take.
The ACT is composed of four sections; English, math, reading, and science. The scores from each section are then averaged to create a composite score. Each sections’ scores and the composite’s scores all range from 0-36, 36 meaning that you answered almost every question on your test correctly. These scores have become one of the main indicators of whether students in the United States are prepared for college, and ultimately whether they are ready to enter into a career or not.
ACT scores are used in a variety of ways to determine a student’s future. According to ACT.org, high schools use ACT scores to evaluate how effective their instruction is, to identify students who need assistance in certain subjects, and to plan curriculum changes. Colleges use ACT scores to make decisions as to who should get admitted to their school, for course placement, and to decide which students get scholarships (ACT History, 2014). The purpose of the ACT is to ensure that students are college and career ready. But, my question is, is it being successful? The ACT has set benchmarks for each section that are supposed to be the score students should make if they…

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