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In most high schools, students in the Junior year usually face up to the challenge of a test called the “American College Test” or the ACT. This is a standardized test designed for college admissions in the United States. Many students believe this test shows their intelligence. Students would go around asking people their ACT score because that is what mostly matters to students. I think you should not take one test to show how smart you are in comparison to others because everyone has their own skill set and their personal experiences. Throughout most of my life, I have always been a hands-on person. When I was fourteen years old, I began to be around my dad most of the time. My dad is from Cuba.
In Cuba, people are not as advanced in technology and they don’t have interchangeable parts. When something breaks in Cuba, people would make the part. It is not as easy as going to the store and buying a part. My dad learned how to create his own parts or equipment and he showed me how to create things. Also, he was a bodybuilder and taught me how to exercise. He also works in constructing fences and decks. After the summer of 2014. I started working with him during my summer breaks and I began learning how to use different sorts of equipment and communication skills with my co-workers. I began to adopt a new way of learning for me which is working hands on.
On April 20, 2017, the ACT was going to be administered. I have been waiting eagerly for this day. I have been studying for this test since the beginning of my junior year of high school. This test could dictate which college I could go to further on in life. My dream college admission ACT score is a 26 or higher to get to the scholarship.
Throughout my years of high school, I have always struggled with test passing about 70% of the time with B or C grade, but I was always excited for group projects because it is more hands-on and collaborative. I was able to do very well in a group collaboration assignment. I was always chosen quickly because of the good reputation I had for group projects.
After the six-week wait, the results were back from the ACT. the teacher passed out the results to every student in an envelope. I opened my envelope and I was surprised to see that I didn’t get the grade I was expecting and hoping to get. I was down 11 points from what I wanted to get to be able to be part of that scholarship. This meant I could not get into the college I wanted. Students would always ask me “What did you get on the ACT?” I replied, “16.” Students would mostly reply back with a small laugh in their voice “Dude, that sucks”. My motivation for school temporarily vanished. People knew me as a very happy person all the time, no one ever saw me sad or angry. I rarely ever had bad days. Things changed after I received my test score. I felt I was very stupid compared to other students, because of a certain test score.
The next few weeks, I hardly talked to anyone because I felt isolated. When group work was assigned I was the last pick. A few days later while I was exercising, I thought to myself “Who knows how to exercise properly, build a fence, fix a broken part in a car or in a house? Not everyone ”. These were skill sets that ACT test did not cover on. That does not mean I am stupid I just had a wide variety of skills other people might not have and I valued that. I know that my test score didn’t mean everything as it will make a not predict whether I will be successful in the future.
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