College Entrance Exams
Free ACT Test Date: Wednesday, February 20
ACT requires that all students complete pre-test information. This takes approximately one hour to complete. This will be done during Advisory on February 4th and 5th. All students taking the exam are required to go to their Seminar/Advisory teacher on those two days during the Advisory period (regardless of whether they normally have Advisory at the end of the day). Not completing this information will delay testing on February 20th for all students.
Free ACT WorkKeys Test Date: Thursday, February 21
See the ACT prep links at the bottom of the page. In order to prepare for the ACT WorkKeys, use this link.
College entrance exams play a very important part in the whole college entrance experience. There are two college entrance exams: the SAT and the ACT. Deciding which one to take is something that should be researched and discussed with your counselor. Both are accepted at almost all colleges. ACT is the most common test taken in the Midwest. For more information on these exams, click on the links below.
ACT Student Website: www.actstudent.org
SAT Student Website: student.collegeboard.org
Comparing the ACT & SAT
In October, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to sign up and take the PSAT - the Preliminary SAT. This test not only serves as a practice test, but is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
When to take the ACT/SAT
It is generally recommended that students BEGIN taking the ACT and SAT in the first semester of their junior year. Students wishing to take college classes while in high school will need qualifying test scores and may need to take the ACT earlier.
Upcoming ACT tests
2018-2019 Test Dates (National)
||(Late Fee Required)
|September 8, 2018
||August 10, 2018
||August 11-26, 2018
|October 27, 2018
||September 28, 2018
||September 29-October 14, 2018
|December 8, 2018
||November 2, 2018
||November 3-19, 2018
|February 9, 2019
||January 11, 2019
||January 12-18, 2019
|April 13, 2019
||March 8, 2019
||March 9-25, 2019
|June 8, 2019
||May 3, 2019
||May 4-20, 2019
|July 13, 2019
||June 15, 2019
||June 15-24, 2019
How to Prepare
The best preparation for doing well on these tests is taking a strong curriculum in school. The more you read, the better your vocabulary is,and so on. The best way to prepare for entrance exams is having a good solid foundation in school and working your hardest in class.
Aside from that, the best thing a student can do is to become familiar with the test. Understand what it looks like and what the time constraints are. There are many aids available to help you prepare for the test. Below are links to pages that offer information on the tests and ways to practice before you actually take the test. There are also ACT and SAT prep books available at the book store that give hints on taking the tests and provide practice exams. The high school will also offer ACT Prep opportunities, one through our advisory period and one in the evenings; pay attention to the announcements for more information.
ACT Prep Class by Carolyn Devane
PowerPrep ACT Prep Sessions—Students may register for any of the sessions offered below (ACHS or AHS)
Helpful Study Tools