UMW BEATLindley Estes covers the University of Mary Washington for fredericksburg.com and The Free Lance-Star.
ACT results in, Virginia outscores national average
As reported today in the Free Lance-Star, Virginia students outscored the national average ACT.
College-bound Virginians had a composite score of 22.6, according to ACT’s Condition of College Readiness report released this week.
Neighboring North Carolinian students had an average score of 18.7. Students in Maryland scored an average of 22.3.
Only 39 percent of ACT-tested 2013 graduates met three or more of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Conversely, 31 percent of graduates did not meet any of the benchmarks.
“Once again, our data show that high school success and college readiness are not necessarily the same thing,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT chief executive officer. “Too many students are likely to struggle after they graduate from high school. As a nation, we must set ambitious goals and take strong action to address this consistent problem. The competitiveness of our young people and of our nation as a whole in the global economy is at stake.”
Want to try your hand at a few ACT questions? Here are a few provided by the test company as examples of what students are required to know. Correct answers are highlighted in red.
Sample from ACT English test:
Sandra Cisneros, perhaps the best known Latina
author in the United States, writes poems and stories
whose titles alone—“Barbie-Q,” “My Lucy Friend Who
Smells Like Corn,” “Woman Hollering Creek”—engage
potential readers’ curiosity. To the pleasure of her readers,
Cisneros’s work, which uses both English and Spanish, is
as interesting as the titles suggest.
A. NO CHANGE
B. potential, reader’s
C. potential, readers
D. potential readers
Sample from ACT math test:
Near a large city, planes take off from two airfields. One of the fields is capable of sending up a plane every 3 minutes. The other field is capable of sending up 2 planes every 7 minutes. At these rates, which of the following is the most reasonable estimate of the total number of planes the two airfields could send up in 90 minutes?
Sample from the ACT science test:
Chemistry Data Representation passage:
The molar heat of vaporization (∆Hvap) is defined as the energy in kilojoules (kJ) required to vaporize 1 mole of a liquid at its boiling point at constant pressure. The energy required to melt 1 mole of a solid at its melting point is
called the molar heat of fusion (∆Hfus). The molar heat of sublimation is the sum of the molar heats of fusion and vaporization.
The following table lists molar heats of vaporization
and molar heats of fusion, as well as the boiling points and
melting points for selected substances.
The boiling point of pentane is 36.1°C. If pentane follows
the general pattern of the other substances in the table, its
molar heat of vaporization will be:
A. below 6 kJ/mol.
B. between 6 kJ/mol and 9 kJ/mol.
C. between 9 kJ/mol and 26 kJ/mol.
D. between 26 kJ/mol and 40 kJ/mol.
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