• College admissions test, timed, 3 1/2 hours
  • Measures skills in English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning, and Writing (optional)
  • Achievement test (measures what you know)
  • Accepted at all colleges in the nation
  • Required at most four-year colleges   
  • Two-year community and technical colleges use for course placement and to determine if remedial courses are needed
  • NPHS offers state-administered ACT, includes Writing, no cost:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
  • Juniors register in U.S. Literature classes with school counselors
  • Do not create a new account if registering for national test after April 2.  Use identical information (complete name, same email, etc.) so state and national ACT accounts merge.
  • National test dates have registration deadlines. You may select up to 3 test sites (in case your first choice is full)
  • NPHS is a national test site annually in October, December and June
  • At registration, students may request scores to be sent to up to four colleges for free. (Colleges will not hold lower scores against a student if higher scores are eventually obtained.)  
  • Students may register for future national test dates at ACT's website

2018 - 2019 National Test Dates

Test DateRegistration Deadline 
September 8, 2018**August 12, 2018 
October 27, 2018September 28, 2018 
December 8, 2018November 2, 2018 
February 9, 2019January 11, 2019 
April 13, 2019March 8, 2019 
June 8, 2019May 3, 2019 
July 13, 2019*June 14, 2019 


Preparing for the ACT

  • Work hard in core courses (English, reading, math through algebra II, science through chemistry)  
  • Familiarize yourself with what to expect on test day:
    • "Preparing for ACT" pamphlet available in Counseling Office (full length practice test, strategies)
    • ACT's website (test questions; various fee-based resources)
  • NPHS offers three online prep courses at no charge: 
    • OnToCollege (formerly John Baylor), MCIS, Naviance
    • Juniors required to attend 7 prep sessions using OnToCollege platform, February 6 - March 21
      • either Wednesday mornings or Thursday afternoons
      • only part of the available online tutorial is used during class sessions
      • students may access more OnToCollege online tutorial activities on their own 
    • MCIS & Naviance offer customized online tutorials based on strengths & weaknesses  
    • All require username and password (see counselor for login info) 
  • New Prague Community Education offers fee-based prep courses, prior to April and June tests
    • Prep courses are not required: school coursework is the primary preparation for the ACT; multiple free prep resources available
    • Those who take prep courses consistently report satisfaction with the course
  • ACT's official prep advice here 


Understanding Test Scores

  • When are scores released? Click here.
  • To understand and use your ACT results, click here


Retaking the ACT

  • Talk this over with your counselor
  • ACT has suggestions about this here 
  • ACT statistics show that, of the students who took the ACT again:
    • 57% increased their Composite score by about 1 point
    • 21% had no change in their Composite score 
    • 22% decreased their Composite score


Optional Writing Test

  • The Writing portion is given during the state-administered ACT at NPHS
  • Most students will not need to register for it on future national test dates
  • It is not required for admission to many colleges (only about 15% of colleges require it) 
  • To see if a college requires the Writing test, click here
  • In Minnesota, only the U of M Rochester Campus requires it; some others recommend it
  • See your counselor with questions