Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tooting The Horn

The #1 son took a practice ACT test on Friday. He's signed up to take the real thing on October 23. The staff of Newmentia set aside a morning to give a practice test to all the juniors and seniors planning to take the real ACT next Saturday. They had to bring their admission tickets, and give up their cell phones, and fill in their info with wooden #2 pencils. All the stuff they'll have to do at the real test. Forewarned is forearmed, you know.

Newmentia has an actual class in ACT Prep, but the #1 son is just a sophomore, and not enrolled. Most of the kids taking the test are not in that class, either. So the practice day was a good idea in the opinion of Mrs. Hillbilly Mom. The students enjoyed it, because they got out of regular classes for the morning, and had a lunch catered by Pasta House. Can't beat that with a stick!

After school Friday, the tests were scored. #1 had to attend a wedding rehearsal for his cousin. Then he had plans to go to a bonfire sponsored by the FCA. With the rehearsal finished, his grandma dropped him off at the last home volleyball game to cool his heels until time for the bonfire. At the game, he learned of his practice ACT score.

TOOT! TOOT! This is the place where I toot the horn for #1. TOOT! TOOT!

He scored 31 on his practice ACT. For those of you who don't know, the highest score possible on the ACT is 36. The national average is 21. Missouri has this Bright Flight scholarship dealybobber which gives students with the top 3-5 percent of ACT scores up to $3000 per year for Missouri college tuition. The score to qualify for Bright Flight for the past three years has been: 31.

We're hoping that he can score that on the actual ACT next Saturday. But if he doesn't, he has a few years to qualify. After all...he hasn't even been taught some of the items on the test yet.


Mommy Needs a Xanax said...

That is impressive. I bet he does even better on the actual test. My score was average, but above average for Mississippi. I always thought it would've been higher if I'd slept the night before...or gone to high school. But I really think not eating breakfast that day was what made the difference.

Jennifer said...

Really Impressive.

If he did that well on the practice.. wowsers!

Scholarship here he comes!

Chickadee said...

WOW. Isn't this the same child who created those apps for the Droid phone? He's one smart cookie and I'd be tooting his horn too.

And I'll keep my fingers crossed for him. I didn't know you could take it in your sophomore year.

I love the idea of a practice ACT. Keep that up! :)

Hillbilly Mom said...

Miss Ann,
Maybe a dose of Benadryl would have given you a kick-start.

We're hoping. Let's say I'M hoping. The boy is quite confident.

Yes, we're very proud of our little digit. I think even 8th graders can take the ACT. As long as they log onto the website and pay their $48. I also think kids can take it a bunch of times. Maybe 8. I know they give it officially in the spring and fall around Hillmomba. If you don't like your score, try, try again.