All About The ACT


Magdalena Bolinaga, Writer

Last Saturday September 14th, many seniors at Immaculata-La Salle High School took the ACT, which may be the last one they will be able to take.

This exam in an essential part of the college application process, and some would argue it seems to be the hardest part as well. The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. 

Students begin to prepare for it during their junior year because practice seems to be the only way to improve your score. This test measures the student’s skills in four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. 

The seniors at ILS say that the test is very stressful, but they also agree that if you practice you will only get better. 

“The ACT is all about practice,” said Manuela Campos, a member of the class of 2020. “I started out really bad, but the more I practiced the better I got.”

Another senior, Gabriela Beltran explained her approach. “Honestly it’s not easy, but if you put your mind to it while studying every day you will get a good score.” 

There are many ways to practice for the ACT now a days. Most people buy the book and do many practice tests, but there are also many options online.

The Guidance Department at school understands the value and importance of these standardized assessments and they are the first to champion the practice-makes-perfect approach.

Guidance department member Mrs. Laura Moya explains, “You can sign up to get the ACT practice for free online. If you start doing that early on you will get better. The problem’s formula never changes.” Mrs. Moya is the guidance counselor for the freshmen, but she also works with seniors in an effort to secure scholarships.

This test definitely stresses many students out during their last few years of high school, but luckily many resources are available for whoever needs them.  

Students say that the day before the test they try to relax and rest, since they have to wake up early the next day while being stressed. 

Both Manuela Campos and Gabriela Beltran agree that the most important thing is to relax and get a good night sleep. 

Hopefully all of the ILS Seniors got the ACT scores they wanted on Saturday the 14th and be done with their standardized testing exams all together.