Sandoval, Cherokee Nation Foundation program coordinator,
teaches an ACT Prep Class on March 6 at Carl Albert State
College's Sallisaw campus to area high school students. The
ACT Prep Class is six weeks long and gives students the opportunity
to take pre-tests before they take the actual exams. (photo
by Stacie Boston - Cherokee Phoenix)
SALLISAW With two weeks under their belts, high school students
are learning the ins and outs of ACT test taking during a six-week
ACT Prep Class at Carl Albert State College's Sallisaw campus conducted
by the Cherokee Nation Foundation.
school students prepare for the spring ACT exam during the
Cherokee Nation Foundation's ACT Prep Class at Carl Albert
State College's Sallisaw campus. CNF offers two six-week classes,
one in the spring and the other in fall, as well as a weeklong
class during the summer. (photo by Stacie Boston - Cherokee
Jennifer Sandoval, CNF program coordinator, said the CNF has
offered the free class for several years because it helps students
get a look into the ACT before taking the exam. She said with 35
students in attendance this is the biggest class yet.
"We offer it at this campus so that way it reaches all of the
surrounding high schools," she said. "They're able to come here
after school and get that kind of one-on-one prep with an instructor."
Students have two chances to take the six-week class, once in
the fall and the other in the spring. Sandoval said the CNF also
offers a weeklong summer program.
While in class, Sandoval said students take an ACT pre-test
before jumping into the course.
"We like to get them familiar with it, and then we have them
take a mid-test in the middle of the classes. That way they can
practice what they've learned so far," she said. "We do basic introduction
lessons at the beginning of the class, and then we kind of taper
off into each subtest. We start off kind of slow then we intense
up towards then, and then we taper off again so they're ready for
that test at the end."
Mikeesha Watts, a Vian High School junior, said she took Sandoval's
weeklong summer class and it helped raise her ACT score. "I met
a lot of people up there. Still talk to them today, and they help
me out a lot. Raised my score two points from my previous ACT so
that's good. Hopefully this class will help me more."
For other students looking to take an ACT prep class, Watts
said Sandoval is a good teacher with whom to do so. "Jennifer, she's
a great teacher. She's worth every second of coming to a class."
Sandoval said this class is important because it helps most
students get a "leg up" on the exam.
"Most students don't have the opportunity to prep for the ACT
for free, and so because college is such a big deal, and the ACT
is the entrance exam to get to college, we just feel like it's getting
them a step ahead of most students and getting them a leg up on
the ACT," she said.
When taking the ACT, Sandoval said one strategy is to never
leave anything blank.
"So our guessing strategy that we use is what we call the letter
of the day. If you ever have to guess on several different questions
you just guess one letter," she said.
Sandoval said the class is free to CN citizens and citizens
of federally recognized tribes. If a high school would like the
CNF to offer an ACT Prep class, Sandoval said that's something the
"We do two-hour workshops that high schools can request. We
also have a two-day workshop that's a partnership with the University
of Arkansas, schools can request that as well," she said.
For more information, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org.
The Cherokee Nation Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving
the Cherokee Nation, a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000
citizens. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities to
Cherokee students so they can reach their full potential. The Cherokee
Nation Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.