To stress the importance of taking the ACT Test more than once, Wilson County Schools recently held a Commercial/PSA Contest open to its students in grades 9 through 12.

According to Dr. Kate Burgun, supervisor of Instruction for grades 9-12, students developed a 30-second commercial or public service announcement encouraging students to retake the ACT Test for a higher score.

Two high schools submitted entries by the Jan. 15 deadline. The winners of the Retake the ACT Video Competition for Wilson County Schools and links to their videos are:
• First Place: Amanda Windsor from Lebanon High School – https://youtu.be/VfB5RNFGj6c
• Second Place: Students Chelsey Hall, Gabrielle Lasater, Jamie McCright, Henry Elwell, and Madison Roberson; and Teacher DeAna Elwell from Wilson Central High School – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4OdwCbMRew

The first place winner took home $200, while the second place winners took home $150, which they elected to donate to a friend in need.

Burgun said several students take the ACT Test once and only once. “However, statistics from ACT show that almost 60 percent of students who retake the ACT test improve their composite scores. Those odds are in students’ favor.

“I recommend that students take the ACT Test upon completion of Algebra II,” said Burgun. “They are allowed to take it as many times as they would like, but ACT encourages students to take the test at least twice.”

When asked why this matters, Burgun said higher ACT scores can mean access to more colleges and more college scholarships and other financial aid opportunities for students.

“I am so proud of the students who decided to participate in the contest,” Burgun said. “Not only did they do an excellent job in promoting the benefits of taking the ACT more than once, but they were able to showcase their wonderful talents in writing, filming, and video production.”
Information about upcoming ACT Tests

Burgun said the statewide ACT assessment day will be Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and that all Wilson County high school juniors are required to take it. Also, only juniors will be allowed to take it at the school site that day. There is no cost or registration for taking this ACT test.

However, students still have another opportunity to take the ACT test before take the state mandated test on April 19.

Students may still register for the Saturday, April 9, 2016 test. The deadline for registration without a late fee is Friday, March 4, 2016. Students may register March 5-18, 2016, but will be required to pay a late fee.

Students and their parents can find more information about the tests in the coming year, including dates and costs associated with testing, as well as practice resources, at https://sites.google.com/a/wilsonk12tn.us/act-practice/.

Burgun also noted that students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals can receive two additional fee waivers to retake the ACT. More information about this may be found at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/feewaiver.html.

For more resources, tools and tips, students and parents can go to http://www.actstudent.org/, or email Jerre Maynor, director of student readiness, at Jerre.Maynor@tn.gov, with any questions.