2016-17 ACT Test Dates
||(Late Fee Required)
|September 10, 2016
||August 7, 2016
||August 8–19, 2016
|October 22, 2016
||September 16, 2016
||September 17–30, 2016
|December 10, 2016
||November 4, 2016
||November 5–18, 2016
|February 11, 2017
||January 13, 2017
||January 14–20, 2017
|April 8, 2017
||March 3, 2017
||March 4–17, 2017
|June 10, 2017
||May 5, 2017
||May 6–19, 2017
ACT Test Prep Resources
ACT vs SAT
Understanding Your Aspire Results
College Test Score Optional List - colleges that do not use ACT/SAT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students
Description of the ACT Test
The ACT is a test battery of the American College Testing Program given at test centers in the United States on specified dates throughout the year. The ACT is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The composite score is the average of a student's scores on the four tests. An optional Writing Test is also available.
The ACT (or SAT) is an admission requirement for all schools in the University of Wisconsin System. Many colleges in the UW-System and in the Midwest prefer the ACT. Juniors are strongly recommended to take it at least once during the spring prior to their senior year.
If students decide to take the ACT before or after the state required ACT on Feb 28, they should register and pay the test fee online at www.actstudent.org. The ACT costs $42.50 (no Writing) and $58.50 (plus Writing). Late fee is $27.50. Our Cedarburg High School Code for the ACT is 500-370.
If you need your official ACT test scores sent to a college or university, this can be done on ACT's website. Click send your scores.
ACT maintains a list of schools' decisions as to whether or not they require or recommend the Writing Test. See the website link at What Colleges Have Decided About the Writing Test.
SAT I and SAT II
The SAT I is the College Board's test of developed verbal, mathematical reasoning abilities, and writing skills, given on specified dates throughout the year at test centers in the United States. Although some Eastern Seaboard and West Coast schools prefer the SAT, virtually every college in the US accepts either the SAT or ACT.
The SAT II refers to specific subject tests given at test centers in the United States and other countries on specified dates throughout the year. They are sometimes used by colleges not only in helping with decisions about admissions, but also in course placement and exemption of enrolled freshmen.
Registration packets are available in the counseling office, or students may register and pay the fee at www.collegeboard.com.
PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT is a shorter version of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) administered by high schools each year in October. The PSATmeasures critical reading, verbal reasoning, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. It also assists students with their college and career planning and serves as the qualifying test for scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT and scholarship eligibility is geared for juniors, but interested sophomores can also take the PSAT for practice.
Scores - the PSAT will be administerd at CHS on October 15, 2016. Score reports will be available in January. Students will be able to access their scores online. Students will also receive a paper score report from their counselor.
The Accuplacer gauges student readiness for college-level studies at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. For example, MATC requires students to take the Accuplacer or submit ACT scores to begin many of their programs. Practice questions for the Accuplacer can be found on the website above.