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ACT Testing

The ACT is a test that helps college’s know how academically prepared you are for college level work.

2019-2020 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

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***The ACT can be taken up to 12 times, but most students take the test 2-3 times.  It is recommended for juniors to take the test near the end of their junior year.  Usually, our students tend to take it in April or June of their junior year and then again in September, October or December of their senior year.   Please expect it to take an hour for you to register for the test and to make sure you register for the test before the deadline.

Students interested in attending a four year college or university down the road (seeking a Bachelor’s Degree, for example) should take the ACT. If a student is wanting to go straight into the work force or the military after high school there is no need to take the ACT.  If a student is wanting to attend a community college after high school they can take the ACT, but it isn’t required.  If the student doesn’t take the ACT or doesn’t receive the minimum score required for the community college another assessment called the Compass Test is required.  The Compass test is a placement test that helps the college determine what classes would be best for you to take rather than a test that can determine whether you get accepted into a school or not.

The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take the most rigorous classes you can and to do well in those classes.  You can study for the ACT and there are many ways to do it.  I always recommend practicing taking the test by getting practice tests from me and taking advantage of the practice test sessions I offer.  You can also purchase books that have several practice tests in them as well.  One is the REAL ACT book here: Amazon.

After you have taken several practice tests you will learn what to expect on the test. The ACT is a test that measures very specific skills and once you have become aware of what the questions are asking then you can mastered many of the skills you will need to get a very high score.  There are many resources out there that will teach you the skills required for the test.  During the practice session, that we offer at Gilbert High School every year, you will be taking the test and after the test has been corrected you will be able to watch a video description of every question.  This is excellent as it will help you see what they are looking for in each question.  

ACT has what is called ACTOnline Prep and this is an inexpensive program that is also very good.  Here is the website: The ACT Prep Online

There is tutoring available at Sylvan Learning Center in Ames as well.  This is a valuable investment if you are really needing a higher score for admission into the college of your choice or for a scholarship.  Here is their website: Sylvan Learning 

Here is a book that many students have found to be an excellent resource as well: ACT Black Book Prep