The ACT is a college admissions test which measures skills in English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning, and Writing (optional).  It is one component used by colleges to consider your application for admission.  The ACT is accepted at all colleges in the nation.  Most four-year colleges require the ACT, and scores may also be used for proper placement at two-year colleges.

Students register for national test dates through this website:

Create your free account, and register online for one of the designated national test dates.  Each test date has a registration deadline and a late deadline for an extra fee.  You may select up to 3 test sites (in case your first choice is full).  Registering early is recommended.

When completing the online registration, students may request scores be sent to up to four colleges for free.  Many juniors are uncertain of which colleges to select, or are concerned that they won't see their score before it gets sent.  However, it's wise to take advantage of the free score reports, since they 'll cost about $12.00 to send in the future. Plus, colleges will not hold a lower score against a student if a higher score is eventually obtained through re-testing.  


Optional Writing Test:  How do I decide?

The writing component of the ACT is not required for admission to all colleges (only about 15% of colleges require it).  To look up whether or not a college requires the Writing test, click here. If you do not know if you will apply to one of the colleges that require it, you may wish to "play it safe" and take the Writing test.  It is not offered as a stand-alone test, and can only be taken alongside the entire ACT.  Ask your counselor for help if needed.  

How should I prepare for the ACT?

ACT says the best preparation to do well in your core courses(English, math through Algebra II, Science through Chemistry)  This is an achievement test, so it will test what you know.  Familiarizing yourself with what to expect on test day is very important.  Free ACT prep materials are available in the Guidance Office, including ACT's pamphlet "Preparing for the ACT".  This booklet contains a full-length practice test that can be self-scored, test stategies and additional helpful information.  You should go through this pamphlet before taking the ACT.  Free practice questions are also available on the ACT website.

NPHS offers two free ACT online prep courses:  Naviance and MCIS.  These excellent resources will customize an online tutorial based on your strengths and weaknesses.  Students must use their username and password to access each resource.  See your counselor if you do not remember your login information.  

For MCIS prep, use your account login and click here.  

For Naviance PrepMe, use your account login and click here.

New Prague Community Education offers prep courses, for a fee, before the April and June test dates.  (Prep courses are not required, as the classes you take in school are the primary preparation for the ACT, and multiple free prep resources are available.)

For ACT's official page on preparation, follow this link:

When will I receive my scores?

Understanding Your Scores
To understand and use your ACT results, click here.

Should I retake the ACT?
Talk this over with your counselor.  We'll help you consider your particular situation to help you make a decision you are comfortable with.  ACT also has suggestions about this question at

ACT statistics show that, of the students who retook the ACT:

  • 57% increased their Composite score by about 1 point
  • 21% had no change in their Composite score 
  • 22% decreased their Composite score


2016-2017 ACT Test Dates

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
September 10, 2016August 7, 2016August 8-19, 2016
October 22, 2016September 16, 2016September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016November 4, 2016November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017*January 13, 2017January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017March 3, 2017March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017May 6-19, 2017