ERIC Number: ED510444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 2
What Kind of Test Preparation Is Best? Issues in College Readiness
The ACT is an achievement test--it indicates whats students are ready to learn next by measuring what they currently know and can do. Given the content and philosophy of the ACT, the approach that is most likely to increase ACT scores is high school coursework, because much of the knowledge and skills that are taught in high school are being measured on the ACT. The ACT was designed to reflect high school course taking, and as such it is a good measure of overall high school preparation by subject area and of student readiness for college or work after high school. It would stand to reason that long-term learning in school, rather than cramming and coaching, would be the obvious best form of test preparation for the ACT. Earning high scores on the ACT is not simply a matter of innate ability or short-term preparation, but reflects a level of achievement resulting from planning, hard work, and dedication. This paper describes the findings of several studies conducted to examine the effects of short-term and longer-term test preparations.
Descriptors: High Schools, Learning Readiness, Achievement Tests, Academic Achievement, Test Preparation, Comparative Analysis, Scores, Student Evaluation
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site: http://www.act.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.