There’s a hot new trend spreading through Northeastern’s campus. Students call it “ACT-dropping” -- a phenomenon that occurs when students share their ACT test results in the hopes of attracting friends, co-ops, and romantic partners.
For those of you who are unfamiliar (or took the term “test-optional” a bit too literally), the ACT is a test that is distributed to high schoolers, by some company, that tests something. It is the definitive measure of a person’s intelligence and value to society. Studies done by ACT Inc. have demonstrated a direct correlation between ACT score and eternal, lasting happiness.
“No day will ever be better than when I found out I scored in the 85th percentile of ACT takers in the Southernmost region of Pennsylvania,” claims ACT taker John Pennsylvania. “I always knew my junior year of high school was going to be the most important year of my life.”
We at the Husky Husky Dot Com love our readers, so here are some of our tips to “ACT-drop” successfully and hopefully make some lifelong connections!
- Reference it in your semester grade report! Not only did you get a 34/100 on your Fundies 1 midterm, but you also got a 34 on the most important exam of your life! The ethereal TA that graded your midterm code will be falling at your feet in no time!
- Subtly direct your conversations to standardized testing. This is a foolproof way to drop your ACT score in any interaction. Have a big test for your math class? Lament about how you wish the exam had a reading section and an optional essay graded out of 12 points. Hey, speaking of exams with a reading section and optional essay graded out of 12 points–
- Always, always tell your co-op interviewers about your huge achievement! Yeah, extracurriculars are cool, but literally anyone can do them. Only the most qualified candidates can answer 60 math questions in 60 minutes. If it’s not front and center on your resume, you may as well be dead in a ditch!
- Make sure you never interact with those who scored lower than you. “People” who scored below a 33 on the ACT clearly don’t know anything. So what if they go to the same school as you? You’re doing cool stuff, like telling people your ACT score, and they’re doing stupid stuff, like making genuine connections and finding success in their fields.
- Intentionally interact with people you have nothing in common with. That way, when the conversation inevitably comes to an awkward silence, you can easily break the tension with a fun fact about yourself! “This reminds me a lot of the silence that filled the room in my high school gymnasium, as I completed the reading section of my ACT…”