The ACT is a battery of subject related tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Students receive a score for each test as well as a composite score that ranges from 1 to 36. ACT scores are generally comparable to SAT scores. The ACT measures the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you have acquired throughout your education. Although the sum total of this knowledge cannot easliy be changed, your performance in a specific subject matter area can be affected by adequate preparation, especially if it has been some time since you have taken a course in that area.
WHEN TO TAKE THE TEST
Students are encouraged to begin their ACT test taking with the PLAN, which is the practice ACT. Taken in the Fall semester of their 10th grade year, this test is an abbreviated version of the ACT and is given free of charge during the school day at Kent City High School. Once PLAN scores are returned, students should review their scores for an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Students should then consider taking the regular ACT following their 10th grade year.
For registration, please go to http://www.actstudent.org/. If you do not have access to a computer or Internet, please see Mr. Wilson in the Student Service's Office. Please do not forget to add our school code (232200) or we will not receive scores that are added to transcripts. When registering, you are asked "Your High School Code", please be sure you enter:
- ACT Fee Waivers
- If you are on Free or Reduced lunch, you may qualify... See Mr. Wilson
- Also refer to: http://actstudent.org/faq/answers/feewaiver.html
HOW SCORES ARE REPORTED
ACT initially prepares three reports when you take the ACT. First is your student score report. It is mailed to the address you provided on your registration. Student score reports are mailed three to eight weeks after you took the test. Your student score report is valuable, so put it in a safe place. But don't forget to use it. The score report contains valuable information on college and career planning. Kent City High School will also will receive a report if you authorized it when you registered (by entering our school code - 232200). When you register for the ACT, you can choose four colleges to have your scores sent to for free. You can select more for an additional fee. This report includes the same information found on the student and high school reports, high school grades you reported and performance predictions for specific college programs and courses. This is the same report that will be sent to additional schools and agencies you choose at a later date. All three reports are sent three to eight weeks after you take the test. There's no way to speed up the scoring of your test or reporting of your scores.
Top 10 Reasons to Take the ACT
- Tests what students have learned in high school
- Measures academic achievement in areas of English, Math, Reading and Science
- Does not penalize for guessing
- Scores are based on the number of correct answers
- Does not require expensive test prep
- Tells a student what they know and are likely to be able to do
- Provides College Readiness Standards
- Gives a student the option to take the Writing Test
- Accepted by colleges nationwide for admission
- More than 2/3 of colleges use the ACT to place students in appropriate Math and English courses
- It's affordable
- Expanded fee waiver policy
- Students have control over their test scores by test date
- Takes less time
*TIPS FOR TAKING THE ACT
- Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
- Read the directions for each test carefully.
- Read each question carefully.
- Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
- Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
- Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser; do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen.
- Answer the easy questions first, then go back and answer the more difficult ones.
- On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
- Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing.
- If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test.
- Mark your answers neatly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging.
- Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called or you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
- If you are taking the ACT Plus Writing, see the Writing Test tips from http://www.act.org/.
- See Mr. Wilson for local workshop
- Kent City High School prepares and practices for the ACT as a part of our regular classes.
- Students participate in Advisory periods throughout the year that covers ACT test taking strategies.
practices questions may be found on http://www.actstudent.org/