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Is your child ready for college? A new study says they may not be

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A new study by the College Board shows more than half of 2012 high school graduates who took a college entrance exam, like the ACT, do not have the skills they'll need to succeed in college, or a career.

At Quincy Senior High, there was a slight dip in ACT scores last year, but counselors say that doesn't mean seniors aren't capable of succeeding in college and they're doing everything they can to help give them the skills they need.

(Click here for a four-year look at ACT scores from our newsgathering partners at the Quincy Herald-Whig)

WIU Counselor Melissa Yeast spoke with QHS seniors Tuesday to talk about the admissions process. She's looking for well-rounded students and pays attention to more than just ACT scores.

"It is why our admission criteria use the ACT score and a student's high school GPA in our admissions decision," Yeast said. "Recognizing that sometimes students do better in one than the other."

Quincy Senior High Counselor Mike Llewellyn says he's aware of the new study that shows more and more college freshmen aren't prepared.

That's why he's working extra hard to get students ready.

"When we look at the scores, we're worried when they're low, so our question then is what can we do to make sure we get those up," Llewellyn said.

One goal of the school is to encourage students to challenge themselves academically. AP and Honors courses are open to all students, and it's recommended that students pursue college prep and career courses.

"Our goal is to educate the parents and students and to help the students understand that we want you to be challenged in any area you have interest in," Llewellyn said.

And Llewellyn says part of the process to better prepare kids for college is more than just correct answers on a test sheet.

"Our instruction is totally different anymore. It's more about having the kids problem solve. Having students to analyze things," Llewellyn said.

Culver-Stockton College offers a college success course for those incoming freshman who are at risk for not succeeding. These students learn time management skills and how to better handle the academic rigor of college.

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