Columbus Unified High School students excited about ACT change

Retaking a test is rarely fun, but a new change to the ACT looks to make the process a bit less painful.

For the first time in the test’s 60 year history, students looking to improve their overall score won’t have to retake the whole test.

“I think it will really help our students after they take it. If they’re only low in math, or maybe they’re only low in the English portion, then they can go back and try to really focus and improve that one area instead of having to sit for almost 4 hours having to retake the entire test,” said Columbus Unified High School counselor Nicki Strickland.

The ACT is divided into 4 main categories: English, math, reading, and science. There’s also an optional writing section. Each one of those categories gets a score, and a student’s overall ACT score is calculated by averaging the individual category scores.

Students at Columbus Unified High School say the change will not only relieve some of the test pressure, but also save them time.

“I’m glad that they’re going to implement that because I know that I’m low in only one section, and it’s really nice to just prepare for that one,” said Columbus junior Avery Campbell.

“I think it will save me a lot of time and everybody else a lot of time, just studying the subjects they need to work on,” said Columbus junior Tanner Hodges.

The change to the ACT goes into effect next fall.