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8th Grade EXPLORE Test Given

January 29, 2013

Preparing Eighth Graders for the Future

       On January 22, Onaga Grade School eighth graders took the ACT EXPLORE test given by Counselor Debbie Berges, under the auspices of ACT at Onaga.  The EXPLORE test is designed in the exact same way as the actual ACT test that is typically taken by students in their Junior or Senior year in high school.  There are four components to the test:  English, Math, Science, and Reading.  Prior to the test, students fill out an interest inventory, which, when combined with the sub-scores of the ACT, will give students a career recommendation “map”.  This recommendation map is useful to students, their parents, and the high school counselor when planning a relevant high school class schedule for each student.  Additionally, the ACT scores will indicate whether a student is on the projected growth in knowledge of the four tested academic areas that will allow them to be college-ready at the time of their Senior graduation.  Should a student be below the projected achievement level for an eighth grader, a student and his/her parents have the opportunity to devote more time to “catching up” on that area.  Mrs. McClelland, the high school counselor, will be giving Sophomores the ACT PLAN in the near future.  This test also helps track the academic achievement of students, especially important to those students who are college-bound be it to technical training schools or 4-year colleges and universities.  One very important thing about these ACT tests is that they are nationally normed.  This allows a student to see how competitive they are with students from all over the United States.  Within four years, eighth grade students will be competing for scholarships, slots in universities and/or special programs, etc.  Being competitive for these opportunities means starting now as eighth graders to make the most of their education at Onaga and not waiting until their Senior year to acquire needed knowledge in the academic areas.

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