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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 ...

Should you take the ACT or the SAT?

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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')); ...

Not the final test

Not the final test

Jack Rintoul, opinions writer

December 16, 2016

*This is a piece of satire* With finals season upon us, I thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on the greatest resume builder for students: test taking. Every year about this time students are overjoyed to begin two weeks of constant reviewing and examination. Although winter break is less...

Testing calendar

Testing calendar

Jamie Jones, interactives staff

April 11, 2016

With testing dates fast approaching, TKC has compiled a calendar of all the testing dates in the next couple of months. For more information and to find out where the tests are given, visit and Dates and times are subject to change. Refer to the KHS website regarding alterati...

Let’s make standardized testing great again

Let's make standardized testing great again

Max Shulklapper, copy editor

January 22, 2016

It’s easy to think standardized tests like the ACT are just simple benchmarks used to measure students’ learning as they head towards higher education. The truth is, in fact, these examinations are much more. Just think about the benefits of standardized tests. For one, a student who spends their...

Acclimating to the ACT

Acclimating to the ACT

Jonah Wright, news writer

October 8, 2014

KHS juniors have chosen to take the ACT for 55 years. However, after the state of Missouri mandated this year that the test be taken by every junior, the KHS administration decided to put more emphasis on ACT scores in the 2014-15 school year. The required ACT will be held April 28, but before that ...

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