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ACT test scores not seeing improvements

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

ACT test scores haven't been showing much improvement in the past four years.

That's according to an Iowa-based nonprofit group that administers the standardized test.

Reading and speed, those are the two main factors that were mentioned ACT prep administrators said at Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday.

The math section for example has 60 questions to be completed within 60 minutes.

ACT prep administrators say in order to improve student scores across the board, they have to focus on speed and reading.

But experts say a student's socioeconomic class may greatly affect their outcome.

Students from low-income families may not have access to tutors, prep classes, or simply place importance on a high test score.

"And how do we close that gap between the students in higher int. district and the students in impoverished, inner city or rural districts. And that's the same struggle education has had for a very long time. You just see it more when you begin to look at standardized testing," Christy Mershon, Assistant Director of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast Missouri State University said.

Mershon said the biggest thing students can do is to take practice tests and questions through ACT's website.

Mershon also said to fill in every question. You will not be penalized if you get a question wrong, so it's best to guess rather than not filling anything out at all. 

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