PIQUA — For the past two years, the ACT test has been administered online at Piqua High School. PHS offers one free, mandatory ACT test to all juniors in the spring.
Ohio mandated all juniors have the opportunity to take the ACT at no cost. Scott Bloom Piqua’s Curriculum Director said districts have the choice to offer the ACT test online or on paper. Bloom said, “30 percent of schools in Ohio use the online option.”
Bloom said that Piqua chose the online ACT over the paper test because the atmosphere is better for students. He elaborated, “Paper requires us to test all students at the same time, usually in the gym. We can test smaller groups online over a period of six days.”
Bloom also said the majority of students have said they like testing online more than paper. However, some juniors and seniors expressed that they were against online testing. Kathy Young said, “Students that grew up testing on paper have a harder time transitioning to testing on a computer. I personally think that having the physical paper test in front of me, rather than a computer screen, keeps me focused.”
Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I personally do not like the idea of taking the ACT online. During a paper and pencil test you are able to markup the text, write notes, underline information you find important, etc… Testing online takes away these aspects and creates a less adaptable test. Not only does online testing pose the risk of the internet crashing, the students are at an overall disadvantage.”
But junior Collin Moore said, “I’m fine with online testing. I’m good with online tests, so I think that it’s going to be alright. I’m slightly surprised it’s online; though, with all of the preparation and importance surrounding the ACT, I expected it to be a paper test.”