Last year I gave a big cockle-doodle-do to my son for scoring 24 on the Duke TIP sponsored ACT test. This year it's Lucy's turn.
We got the magic score envelope in the mail Saturday and Lucy made a 27, with a 33 in English, a 30 in reading, a 24 in math (gasp!) and a 22 in science. For a seventh-grader, this is a pretty good score. It's actually not bad for a graduating senior, either.
Last year I wrote about how we were using the Boost Your Score ACT Software to get Ash ready for the ACT. I suggest you read the review, which I've linked to, as I give what I think are a couple of good test-taking tips.
I really like the company that produces the Boost Your Score software. When I first purchased it they told me an upgrade would soon be available at no charge. When it came out they promptly emailed me the upgrade.
This year I found out that the ACT had put a new sample test on its website, which made all of the answers for the first Boost Your Score test wrong. I emailed them and they sent me an updated version at no charge. All of this for a $15 piece of software.
Does practice make perfect? The makers of the ACT say it does. They say a good majority of students who take the ACT for a second time make a higher score. I think it stands to reason that taking practice tests will help.
In Lucy's case, last year when she was in sixth grade she took the English portion of the ACT practice test and made a 25. This year she took the practice and made a 34. Her score on the real test was 33. I think being aware of what is on the test helps.
Conversely, Lucy refused to take the science practice test. She is a willful child and I am an indulgent parent, so I did not make her. Her science score was 22, yet science is the most coachable portion of the ACT, and is in large part a reading test. If someone has a 30 in reading and a 22 in science it means they didn't familiarize themselves with the types of questions on the science portion of the test. (Only a small portion of the "science" test measures scientific knowledge; it measures the ability to read passages and interpret charts and graphs).
I highly recommend the Boost Your Score software, and if you use the link on my page to buy it I think they will send me 50 cents or something.
We are proud of our Lucy. She is among perhaps 2,000 students out of the relatively elite group of almost 70,000 Duke TIP participants to qualify to attend the "Grand Recognition Ceremony" held at Duke each year. If we can use some of our free-night certificates to get a hotel room I expect we will go.
So pack your bags Lucy, we're going to North Carolina!
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