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ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

2019 – 2020 Test Dates (National)

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 Sep 21 – Oct 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9 – 22, 2018
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11 – 17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 Feb 29 – Mar 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9 – 22, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 20 – 26, 2020

ND ACT Honors = 30/31+

Top 4-5% = 30; top 3% = 31+. All are considered Bright Flight.
Congratulations to the following students who have scored a 30/31 or better!

Class of 2020

Kristen Barwick
Victoria Collom
Clayton Eftink*
John Essner
Mia Gates
Jordyn Gunn Dunn

Sandy Huang
Nicholas Hux
Olivia Jansen*
Luke Jones
Rajan Marasini
Austin McGill

Hudson McVay
Connor Missey
Tanner Peters
Elizabeth Raines
Skylar Robert
Alessandra Rubi

Griffin Stewart
Aarti Sahai
Arjun Sahai
Paul Scherer

Class of 2021

Zachary Graham
Caleb LeGrand*
Noel Keran*

Hailey Kutz
Avri O’Daniel
Greta Ripperda*

Claire Southard

*Earned 30+ on the December ACT. If you have a 30 or better on the ACT and your name is missing from this list, please see Mrs. Mueth.

Tips for the ACT


  • Be aware of the writing style used in each passage.
  • Consider the elements of writing that are included in each underlined part of the passage. Some questions will ask you to base your decision on some specific element of writing, such as the tone or emphasis the text should convey.
  • Be aware of questions with no underlined portions—that means you will be asked about a section of the passage or about the passage as a whole.
  • Examine each answer choice and determine how it differs from the others. Many of the questions in the test will involve more than one aspect of writing.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.
  • Determine the best answer.
  • Reread the sentence, using your selected answer.


  • Read each question carefully to make sure you understand the type of answer required.
  • If you use a calculator, be sure it is working on test day and has reliable batteries. Use your calculator wisely.
  • Solve the problem.
  • Locate your solution among the answer choices.
  • Make sure you answer the question asked.
  • Make sure your answer is reasonable.
  • Check your work.


  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.
  • Refer to the passage when answering the questions.


  • Read the passage carefully.
  • Refer to the scientific information in the passage when answering the question.
  • Read and consider all of the answer choices before you choose the one that best responds to the question.

Writing test

  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Do some planning before writing the essay- You will be instructed to do your prewriting in your Writing Test Booklet. You can refer to these notes as you write the essay on the lined pages in your answer folder. Do not skip lines.
  • At the beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand the issue.
  • Explain your point of view in a clear and logical way.
  • If possible, discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications or complications of the issue.
  • Address what others might say to refute your point of view and present a counterargument.
  • Use specific examples.
  • Vary the structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
  • Make logical relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
  • Do not wander off the topic.
  • End with a strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
    If there is time, do a final check of the essay when it is finished.

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ACT Up - ACT Test Prep and Tutoring By ScoreBeyond, Inc

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Learning Express Library

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Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement. There are over 300 online academic and licensing practice tests including SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, Advanced Placement, civil service, military, real estate, law enforcement, citizenship, TOEFL, ESL and basic skills for elementary, middle and high school skills improvement and much more. Test preparation materials span ages from elementary through adult. This testing resource also provides instant scoring and customized feedback

Preparing for the ACT

Summarizes general test-taking strategies, describes the content of each test, provides specific tips for each, and lets students know what to expect on test day. Included in this booklet are complete practice tests—“retired” ACT questions that were administered to students on a national test date, including a writing prompt—a sample answer document, answer keys, and self-scoring instructions. FREE!

ACT Online Prep

Practice tests with real ACT test questions, a diagnostic test, and personalized Study Path, and comprehensive content review for each of the ACT’s four multiple-choice tests—English, mathematics, reading, and science. The program also includes practice essays with real-time scoring for the optional Writing Test. $19.95

SEMO Prep Classes

Southeast’s ACT Exam Preparation provides a systematic review of the ACT components: Math, Science, English and Reading. Unlike CD ROM and paper reviews, Southeast’s ACT Prep classes give you access to an instructor with knowledge and expertise in his/her subject area and with test taking strategies. The registration for review of all four subjects (12 hours) is $75. An individual subject review (3 hours) is $25. Use the button below to access information about SEMO Prep Classes.

Writing Test


Some colleges require the Writing Test; others do not. Most colleges will accept scores from the Writing Test even if they do not require it.

You should decide whether to take the Writing Test based on the requirements of the institutions to which you are applying. Check directly with the institutions you are considering to find out their requirements, or ask your high school counselor which test option you should take.

The Writing Test fee is refundable if you are absent on test day or drop the Writing Test before testing begins and just take multiple-choice tests.

Prompts used for the ACT Writing Test:

  • describe an issue relevant to high school students
  • ask examinees to write about their perspective on the issue

As a starting place, two different perspectives on the issue will be provided. Examinees may choose to support one of these perspectives or to develop a response based on their own perspective.

Sample Prompt

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

The standard directions in the second paragraph above are a part of all prompts used on the Writing Test.

SAT or ACT? Do you know which test is right for you?

Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you! The ACT and SAT generally test the same types of content. The biggest differences are that the ACT has a Science Test and the SAT has one Math section for which you cannot use a calculator.

Here’s what you need to know to compare the exams.

Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure
  • Reading
  • Writing & Language
  • Math
  • Essay (Optional)
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science Reasoning
  • Essay (Optional)
  • 3 hours (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Math Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry, Trigonometry
Calculator Policy Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator. You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Essays Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text. Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.
How It’s Scored Scored on a scale of 400–1600 Scored on a scale of 1–36

ACT vs SAT: How Do I Choose?

The best way to decide which test is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test in each. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. For example, the pace of the SAT gives you a tad more time to think through problems, while the ACT can be more of a time crunch. Some students really thrive under the pressure of the clock, while others prefer the extra time to ponder a question.