State switches from AZ Merit to ACT testing

Will Donegan, staff writer

This year, the ACT test has replaced the AZMERIT standardized test.
“Arizona switching from AZMerit to ACT is a definite step in the right direction. All four-year universities in the United States, as well as more than 200 globally, accept and value ACT. This means that our students are testing for real-life, relevant opportunities that can directly impact their futures,” said Cyndi Black, Assistant Principal.
The all new AZSCI test, the standardized Science test, took place on March 29th for all juniors. On April 5th, juniors took the ACT test.
“I am getting ready to take the ACT test by studying the ACT test book and also taking the practice tests on the ACT website,” said Adam Keppel a junior.
On April 5th, while juniors were testing, freshman and sophomores were sent to alternative classrooms to complete Google Classroom assignments. Seniors arrived at their normal time on campus to participate in the Senior Splash event.
The ACT website, which can be accessed online, states that all juniors needed to register for the test before the April 5th test day. On that website, students can familiarize themselves with the procedures for taking the test as well as scheduling tutors for the test. The website also has a tab where students can take practice tests.
“I’m going to get a good night’s sleep the day before the test, preferably 8-10 hours, and I will also be having a nice breakfast before the test,” said Jackson Dow, a junior.
A good night’s sleep is the single most important part in success in the testing room according to NBC.
“Even if students are not on a path to university, they get to experience self-discipline and focus on rigor – important life skills – needed to be successful,” said Black.
On April 19th, freshmen will be taking the ACT Aspire test. Seniors, juniors, and sophomores will report to their first block all day and will complete Google Classroom assignments.
In addition, CTE Testing Days will take place on April 20, 21 and 22.