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By Joshua Adams

Maneline Staff Writer

The Oct. 22 ACT was the second to last ACT taking place in 2016. The next ACT will occur Dec. 10 and will be followed by test dates Feb. 11, April 8, and June 10.

Most students take the ACT because most universities require it. However, among the schools which require an ACT score before application, even less require results from the writing portion.

Having taken the October 22 ACT, senior Jonathan Coats “felt more confident” than during his previous attempts.

“My first time taking the ACT was first semester of junior year,” Coats said. “I took the ACT prep class and it gave me a lot of tips. The test wasn’t any more difficult than it had been the first time around, but I was more prepared.”

He wasn’t happy with his first score but, regardless, Coats was admitted into Kansas University. Similar to other universities, KU requires that you simply have an ACT score. However, if you wish to obtain scholarships, you must meet certain standards.

The higher your score on the ACT, the greater the scholarships you can apply for. For example, KU offers multiple scholarships which are solely dependent on a combination of your ACT score and GPA.

KU’s 2016 – 2017 Renewable Scholarships for Kansans

From ku.edu

Scholarship Type          ACT/SAT Score                  GPA/4.0    

Award

Chancellor

32 or 1450

3.85

$20,000

($5,000/year)

Traditions

31 or 1420

3.75

$16,000

($4,000/year)

Crimson and Blue

28 or 1310

3.5

$8,000

($2,000/year)                                   

Rock Chalk

25 or 1200

3.5

$4,000

($1,000/year)

Jayhawk

24 or 1160

3.75

$4,000

($1,000 per year)

There are more scholarships (National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar, and KU Pell Advantage) which require additional criteria.  

Senior Hunter Carney also took the Oct. 22 ACT.

Like Coats, Carney was also admitted into his desired universities without first needing an ACT score.

“I hope I got a good score,” Carney said. “But I’m not too worried because it won’t change much from here.”

Senior Brendan Jamerson took the ACT last October and earned admittance into his intended college. He gave advice concerning students who have yet to take the ACT.

“Prepare,” he said. “Go through as many practice tests as you can, figure out what you’re good at, and make sure to pace yourself.”

 

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