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Distance Learning Instruction will take place for all students beginning Monday, March 30th through Monday, May 4th. Communication will continue to be sent as the district receives information from the Governor.

The Fitness and Aquatic Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. Members, please watch emails for further communication. If you are not receiving email notifications from the FAC, please email us at fitandaqua@isd721.org to get signed up for notifications.

ACT

 

  • 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, March 24, 2020 
  • Juniors register during Advisory
  • Do not create a new account if registering for national test after March 24, 2020.  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 on ACT's website
     
     
    2019-2020 Test Dates (National)
    Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
    September 14, 2019August 16, 2019August 17-30, 2019
    October 26, 2019September 27, 2019September 28-October 8, 2019
    December 14, 2019November 8, 2019November 9-22, 2019
    February 8, 2020January 10, 2020January 11-17, 2020
    April 4, 2020February 28, 2020February 29-March 13, 2020
    June 13, 2020May 8, 2020May 9-22, 2020
    July 18, 2020*June 19, 2020June 20-26, 2020
      

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 (ACT Academy -- new, free option; other free webinars, study tools, various fee-based resources)
  • NPHS offers two online prep courses at no charge: 
    • OnToCollege (formerly John Baylor), MCIS
    • Juniors will use OnToCollege online prep in Advisory
      • only part of the available online tutorial is used during class sessions
      • students may access more OnToCollege online tutorial activities on their own 
    • MCIS offers customized online tutorials based on strengths & weaknesses shown on pre-tests
    • 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