Students should plan to take this test in February, April, or June of their junior year and or/September or October of their senior year. Click on the link below to view ACT's student site and register for this test.
What is the ACT? The ACT is a standardized exam used for admissions into colleges and universities. It is administered at national test sites several times each year. Students register for this exam online and must adhere to ACT deadlines. To register or to learn more about the ACT, visit https://www.act.org/. Juniors who earn a high test score between September 1st of their junior year and June 30th following their junior year, as well as a high GPA and class rank, are eligible to be names as an Illinois State Scholar during senior year.
The ACT consists of four tests: English: 75 questions; 45 minutes Math: 60 questions; 60 minutes Reading: 40 questions; 35 minutes Science: 40 questions: 35 minutes
The ACT offers an optional writing test consisting of one prompt and 30 minutes to compose an essay. Special Note: All Education Majors are encouraged to take the writing exam as this exam can replace the Basic Skills Test, a test once required for all education majors. Students should consult their college admissions representative or counselor for additional information.
How to Register: Link: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html - "Registering for the ACT is more than just signing up for a test. The information you provide is used to make recommendations for majors and careers. Here's what you'll need:" - "About 45 minutes to complete the registration process". - "A credit card or fee waiver". - "A laptop or desktop computer is preferred". - "Your high school course list and grades". - "Your interests - our interest survey will match you to academic programs and jobs you might enjoy". - "Up to four colleges and universities to send your score reports for free during registration (additional score reports can be purchased later)". - Your photo to upload during registration or later".
ACT Academy ACT Academy™ is a FREE online learning tool and test practice program designed to help students master the skills they need to improve their ACT scores and succeed in college and career. ACT Academy provides students with a personalized study plan based on their scores from the ACT® test, PreACT®, or official ACT practice tests through video lessons, interactive practice questions, full-length practice tests, educational games and other materials targeted to their academic needs.ACT Academy features:
Accessible anytime/anywhere a user has an internet connection
Both a full length test option as well as test sections
Be Ready for Test Day: - "The ACT is based on what you learn in high school, but a variety of ACT test prep options are available to help you feel comfortable and confident on test day". - Review what you can and cannot bring into the test room with you".
Students with Accommodations: Students with IEPs or 504 plans who wish to apply for accommodations for this test should notify their case managers and/or counselors by January 15, 2020.
Cost of the ACT: The ACT is not a free test and the cost of this test can vary depending on deadlines; if the student registers during a regular or late registration period. There are fee waivers available for students who have applied and qualified for free or reduced lunch. Students can simply ask their school counselor for this form; however, the fee waiver does not apply to late fees due to registering during late registration. Also, there is a maximum limit of only two fee waivers per qualified student and students are encouraged to use them wisely. ACT Test Fee: $46.00 ACT with Writing Fee: $62.50 Fee Waiver, Fees and Services: www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration/fees.html Get Discovered: - "Opt in to the ACT Educational Opportunity Service, which connects you with universities and financial aid institutions, based on your plans and interests". - "Access college scholarships. Academic scholarships are often awarded, in part, on your ACT scores". - "The ACT is accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities. Let your favorites know you are interested in them by sending your score reports".
Your Scores and More: - "Most scores are available through your ACT account within 2 weeks after testing (for 5 weeks for the writing test) but can take up to 8 weeks from the testing date". - "Using information you provide during registration, the ACT score report gives you research-backed guidance about your needs, interests, and possible career options that you can share with college". - Link: www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores.html
Source: act.org; ACT Handout (MS2499) Updated on: 08/14/2020