By Madison Bezousek
The juniors have participated in three prep courses put on by 3 Moms and a Test (3MT). The required prep classes covered verbal and general strategies, math strategies and science reasoning; with an optional writing session. These classes took place from 8 to 11 a.m. on March 16, 23,and 28. The juniors were provided with an ACT prep book containing six full practice tests and a “captain cruncher” or review book of concepts on the ACT.
Besides reviewing content on the ACT, 3MT provided the juniors with skills to relieve stress on the day of the test. Following the review sessions, the juniors were encouraged to practice “bursts” or timed sections of practice tests.
According to the 3MT website, the mission of the program is to “give every student the advantage of a general ACT prep course that will both calm anxieties and provide strategies to improve test scores.” Marian provides this review session in order to boost the students’ scores and instill confidence in test taking.
About 95 percent of Marian’s junior class took the ACT on April 14 at various locations around the metro area.
Junior Kira Bravo recalls how 3MT prepared her for the reading section. “During the reading section, I jumped straight to the questions and answered the ones with direct line references first and that sped up the time I used for each passage,” she said.
“ I did a few bursts from the practice test book the week before and I thought it helped me to feel more comfortable with the amount of time given for each test,” Bravo said.
Results of the April ACT test will be released after April 24 and before June 8, according to act.org. The next national test dates are June 9 and July 14.