On Saturday, November 12, 2011, fifteen Macon County high school students took time out of their weekend to take a practice ACT college entrance exam at Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee. For the majority of the students, the practice exam was their first experience with the ACT, and the results will give them an idea of where they stand and how they need to prepare to score higher on the actual exam.
“This is a great opportunity to give our students hands-on experience with the actual ACT test, and we hope this will motivate them to register for the real exam,” says Hope Debose, school counselor at BTW High. “Many times students are afraid to take the test, and a practice test is a great ice-breaker for the real thing.” Shutonya Hooks, Notasulga High School Counselor, agreed. “The practice test will give them an awareness of what to expect and will help them better prepare.”
The exam, coordinated by the Community and Civic Engagement Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, was administered by the Sylvan Learning Center of Auburn. The event was funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission as part of a year-long youth development project with Auburn University.