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COVID-19 impacts AP exams and statewide tests

The College Board announced Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place online for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.

Kate Schreiber and Olivia Silvey

March 20, 2020

The College Board announced Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place online for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. The College Board stated on their website Friday, March 20 that students will be able to take a 45-minute test at home through any device, including phones. Exams will only test over content that was covered by early March. Th...

The college search, mapped

Make sure you're at the right place in your college search process with these tips.

Olivia Silvey, opinions writer

March 13, 2020

Two words: college search. For some, this seems like a distant future. For others, it’s a nerve-wracking reality. However, for everyone looking to go to college after graduation, the formidable college search is a process that isn’t just reserved for the last part of high school. Here are some t...

ACT up

ACT preparations can be time consuming and expensive for many students.

Grace Klebe, print managing editor

February 12, 2020

*This piece is entirely satirical Ah, the joy of waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning, grabbing your favorite pair of number two pencils and your TI-84 and pulling up to school to take the American College Test. Or, as us teens so lovingly call it, the ACT.  The ACT has been around since 1959, when a pr...

Call Ed: The case for finals

School work stacks up for many students around finals week.

TKC Staff

February 11, 2020

Final exams have always been used in higher education to test for overall understanding of course content. But each year the testing season raises controversy. The grades on these crucial exams have the potential to significantly sway a cumulative grade that a student has earned over the course of the ...

Senior Profile: Emma Harrell

Amelia Hurley, features writer

April 30, 2019

After logging onto the official ACT website, a sense of exhilaration rushed through her body. She silently begged for a score of at least 30. Nervously opening the tab, Emma Harrell, senior, was shocked to discover she got a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. “I’ve always been an honor roll studen...

Preparing for the ACT

Art by Grace Carroll.

Grace Klebe, news editor

November 30, 2018

For a month and a half before the test, he studied for an hour every night. He attended tutoring sessions, took practice tests three Saturdays prior, worked from a book and on the internet and normalized his sleep schedule by going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking up at 6:30 a.m. every day. Even the w...

Issues: Standardized test prep affordability

photo by Will Rives

Adler Bowman, web editor

October 30, 2018

With a TI-84 calculator and No. 2 pencil trapped in a sweaty grip, high school students across the United States file into freezing classrooms at 8 a.m. on a Saturday to take a test. A test thought to be an equalizer, to level the playing field between college applicants from all schools, ethnicities a...

Should you take the ACT or the SAT?

Photo courtesy of Pxhere under the Google Creative Commons license

Grace Klebe, news editor

October 1, 2018

It is testing season again, which means it is time for you to learn the difference between the two main tests colleges look for: the ACT and the SAT. Take this quiz to find out which test is the right one for you. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); ...

Junior ACT update

Junior ACT update

Logan Crews, opinions editor

April 4, 2018

Juniors who “opted in” on the school-sponsored ACT were scheduled to take the test Tuesday, April 3. However, due to technical difficulties in an attempt to administer the test via laptops per advice of ACT, students were released without taking it. Dr. Mike Havener, principal, sent an email at...

Thank you letter for an ACT of kindness

Thank you letter for an ACT of kindness

Allie Hickenbotham, copy editor

April 28, 2017

Emma Bjorkman This piece is entirely satirical*   Dear Everett Lindquist, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for inventing the exhilarating, memorable test known as the American College Testing Program (ACT). Thank you so much for this wonderful, joyous occasion we students have the privilege of enduring. I must say, the ACT is probably th...

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