Every student dreams of the day he or she is finally able to wear his or her cap and gown: the day they graduate. After graduation, many forget the long journey they took to get there and the stresses along the way. Some of the biggest stresses for students include the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) taken sophomore year and the ACT taken junior and senior year.
The OGT, which will be taken the week of March 12-16, is a test every student takes and passing it is a requirement to graduate. The thought of OGT week is very stressful because I have to do my best, and if I dont pass, I cant graduate, said sophomore Haley Crawford.
While sophomores stress over being able to graduate, juniors and seniors worry about achieving a high score on the ACT and getting into the right college. The next ACT will be April 14. Doing well on the ACT for me means I can get into the right school and have a better chance for getting scholarships, said junior Jenna Bird.
These tests not only put stress on students but also the guidance office. Test week is a lot of work. We have to organize all the testing rooms, give them all calculators, make arrangements for students who are absent, and, in addition, test security is vital, said guidance counselor Betty Caw.
Since sophomores often dont know what to expect, a word from the wise is always helpful. Senior Elena Nicolozakes said, My advice to sophomores taking the OGT is to get a good nights sleep and eat breakfast, but most importantly study but dont stress too much. Its not as hard as its made out to be.