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ACT

What is the ACT?

The ACT Assessment, or "A-C-T" as it is commonly called, is a national college admission examination that consists of tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. ACT results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities. Most colleges and universities require students to take the ACT in order to be admitted. Students have the option to take the SAT Assessment instead of the ACT assessment for college admission purposes.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes. There is an optional writing exam. Most colleges do not require the writing exam, but they do recommend it. In the U.S., the ACT is administered on six national test dates, in September, October, December, February, April, and June. Students must register to take the ACT over a month in advance. Students must complete a registration packet and have it postmarked by the specified deadline. Students can pick up these ACT registration packets from their counselor or register online.

When Can I Take the ACT?

The link below lists all current ACT assessment test date. Most juniors have traditionally taken the ACT on the April test date and often choose to retake the ACT in June. The April date is most common due to the fact that students have completed nearly an entire year of learning by that point.

TEST DATE 
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September 9, 2017
August 4, 2017
August 5-Aug. 18, 2017
October 28, 2017
Sept. 22, 2017
Sept. 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017
November 3, 2017
November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018
January 12, 2018
January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 5-18, 2018

VIEW ACT TEST LOCATIONS
REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE ACT
ORDER ADDITIONAL SCORE REPORTS

ACT Preparation

MSHS Junior Test Prep
Junior Test Prep is required of all MSHS juniors. Any questions you may have about this new initiative will hopefully be answered with the information found here.
Better Test Scores
Sessions designed to look at the ACT overall and practice general test-taking strategies.
Mahomet Public Library - Testing & Education Reference Center
A computer-based resouce for ACT, AP, and PSAT test preparation. Must have a valid library card to access.
Parkland College Community Education
Programs designed to help students prepare for the ACT and other college entrance exams. Various topics include test taking strategies, study skills, and an ACT practice test. Registration is required along with a small fee.
Sylvan Learning Center
Sylvan's personalized approach to test prep teaches the test-taking strategies and techniques needed to approach test day with confidence.

ACT Standards


 

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