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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With a month left for seniors, Mustangs are reflecting on their accomplishments over the past four years. Many seniors have significant achievements, whether academic or personal, that may go unrecognized.

The ACT is a college entrance exam with a high score of 36.  LRHS senior Emily Weott scored a 33 on her ACT.

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“I took the exam twice and got a 30 the first time and a 33 the second time,” said Weott. “I got a 1380 on my SAT but liked the ACT better because of the science sections and layout of the test.”

The average composite ACT score is a 21 and the average score in Florida is a 19.9. The score required to get full bright futures is a 29, and only 1% of test takers get a 34 or higher. Most students take the ACT several times before they get a score in the 30s.

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Further, most students’ ACT scores go down the second time they take the exam.  Weott countered that trend.

“I think I improved my score just by experience,” she said.  “I managed my time better on the second ACT and knew what kind of stuff was most important to know. I used practice problems to study.

“I was super excited when I saw my second score,” said Weott. “I was very surprised that I improved that much.”

Weott’s advice for taking the ACT are, “Be sure to keep track of time and double check that you have the amount of time correct. If a problem is taking too long, skip it and come back. For the science section, do not read the graphs first because they can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for.”

Weott applied to Florida State University (FSU), University of Florida (UF) and University of Central Florida (UCF) and was accepted into all three schools. Weott is attending FSU in the fall to study speech pathology.

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