The year 2016 marks the second time that all juniors across Wisconsin will partake in two rigorous days of ACT testing. On March 1st, juniors took the ACT college-readiness exam. The following day, students took the ACT WorkKeys exam, which helps to measure career readiness. Students at Beaver Dam High School started some of the preparations for this exam as early as the fall when juniors began taking practice tests in the various content areas on the ACT such as math, reading, science, English, and writing. Earlier this month, all juniors had the opportunity to participate in prep courses on each of the tested subject areas. More than 70 students have participated in the additional ACT prep opportunities that are setting the students up for success on the ACT.
The ACT is a well-known test as most students planning to go onto college will take this test, some several times hoping to get the best possible score for college acceptance and scholarships. The ACT WorkKeys, on the other hand, is not as widely recognized. This test is often used by employers to help find employees with the skills needed to develop and retain a high-quality workforce. The WorkKeys assessment will test students in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. This test will lend the opportunity for students to earn one of four different National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC), which they can provide to potential employers to demonstrate their skill potential.
You can find additional information about the ACT or ACT WorkKeys testing at BDHS on the following school website: http://www.bdusd.org/schools/high/parents/statetesting.cfm.