We’ve been testing since we were five years old. For most of us, we survive the test, and don’t think much about it again.
Much to my surprise there is one test that just can’t be ignored.
The beast of all tests.
Some students will forget about the ACT until right before, and then cram in all the studying you can before that agonizing day that just can’t be avoided.
For some, this test is life or death. For others, it’s just a day spent not going to class.
When I took the ACT I showed up with all the appropriate items to get me through: coffee, water, pretzels, cereal, and a calculator. Lucky for me, no one had mentioned the only thing allowed was a water bottle, a pencil, and a calculator.
They herded everyone into the gym like sheep, put all of us in separate lines and lead us to the separate rooms to test. I felt as though I were in kindergarten, but wasn’t lucky enough to be the line leader.
After, you realize you may have answered all the questions but only knew about half, and are completely exhausted. They decide to just send you back to class, as if the day wasn’t dreadful enough.
Everything is fine for a few weeks, but then the test scores arrive, and upon opening them, the idea of a retake automatically pops into your mind. For some the ACT determines the cost of college, or even clarifies if college is an option all all.
As I said, this is no Chemistry test. It’s much worse.
So Juniors, test day is creeping up on you faster than you know. May the force be with you during your future days of sorrow.