ADVICE beyond the test

My efforts in the ACT Prep class are to literally teach to the test, enabling you to perform to the best of your ability.  But I want you to remember that some people are naturally good test-takers and some are not.  While you will do a good job, it’s going to be difficult for half of all students to be compared to other college-bound testers and not come out with an above-average score -- yet that’s what has to happen statistically.  Please don’t measure your hopes & dreams by one test!  The ACT (& other tests) are a tool to provide schools with a standardized measurement.  Those who do well on the test or poorly on the test are not at all destined, by extension, to do well in life or poorly in life.  Competent & concerted effort (hard work), a good attitude and integrity will make you an excellent employee (or employer!) and that’s what you should aim for beyond the testing.

Before, During & After the test

We make it our goal

to be pleasing to Christ

2nd Corinthians 5:9

I encourage you to seek and determine goals toward which you will direct your efforts in high school, college & beyond.  I know of no better direction to look for these goals than to the words of scripture -- Biblical Goals are unquestionably worthy & within God’s will for you.  A few years ago I compiled a short list of Biblical Goals that stood out to me as helpful and inspiring, found at

Goals for Life

College Entrance & Scholarship Applications

While schools will look at your ACT scores, that’s not all they’ll be looking for.  Being able to list academic clubs, athletic teams, social groups and other activities such as Boy Scouts or AWANA will show that you are a well-rounded individual.  Having leadership roles or earning honors in these groups will be especially valuable in both experience & bonus points as you apply for scholarships.  During your high school years, keep a spreadsheet or word document listing your various activities so that you will remember them easily when it’s time to fill out those forms.

Volunteer your time & energy to help others!  Not only will volunteer work look impressive on your applications, it will build character & can even help you to determine what you want your future to look like.  Look for opportunities to work alongside professionals in fields you might be interested in (for example, if you want to be a teacher, volunteer in a classroom; if you want to be a dentist, ask your own dentist about free clinics where you might get involved).

It’s also very important that you do well in your high school studies.  Put forth effort to actually learn.  Choose college-preparatory course work, including taking quality math & science classes every year of high school.  Establish & maintain a high GPA by doing your very best in each class.  Build relationships of honor & respect with your instructors & coaches (you’ll be needing to ask them for references for colleges & jobs!).

When We Grow Up

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