ACT Information

 

American College Testing Service Assessment (ACT and ACT+) measures educational development in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. This assessment measures skills necessary for success in post secondary educational settings, including students’ reasoning abilities and knowledge of subject matter fields. 

Although all Saturday ACT tests are optional, many post secondary institutions require the test. ACT offers an optional 40-minute writing test (ACT+).  

Note:  Juniors are automatically registered for a free SAT Exam with Essay on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The target population is college-bound 11th and 12th grade students.

Dates  Registration Deadline Locations
September 10, 2016
August 5, 2016
 JH, PHS, RM, W
October 22, 2016
September 16, 2016
 EG, PHS, RM
December 10, 2016
November 4, 2016
BG, EG, JH, PHS, W
February 11, 2017
January 13, 2017
BG, EG, JH, PHS, RM, W
*April 8, 2017
March 3, 2017
BG, EG, PHS,  W
*June 10, 2017
May 5, 2017
EG, W

An asterisk (*) indicates test dates recommended for junior students.  All test dates are Saturdays.

**VERY important!** Prospect High School Test Center Code is 174400. Our High School Code is 143-062.  Note:  Prospect will not be administering the June ACT; therefore, please register early and request either Elk Grove or Wheeling High School.

Students who have an IEP or 504 Plan need to register online and request testing accommodations.  Check your email daily for information to see a school professional regarding your testing accommodations.

ACT Test Day Checklist

  1. You need BOTH a printed copy of your ticket AND acceptable photo ID to test.
  2. Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time listed on your ticket (7:45 a.m.). You will NOT be admitted to test if you are late. Testing starts promptly at 8 a.m.
  3. Bring a printed copy of your ticket with your picture to the test center. You will NOT be admitted to test if you do not have a printed copy of your ticket with your picture. 
  4. Bring acceptable photo identification. You will NOT be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT’s requirements.
  5. Testing staff will check your photo ID and ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.
  6. Be ready to begin testing after all examinees present at 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated.
  7. Please note that ACT may visit test centers to conduct enhanced test security procedures including, but not limited to, collecting images of examinees during check-in or other security activities on test day.
  8. Do not engage in any prohibited behavior at the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
  9. Note: For National and International Testing, you will be asked to sign a statement on the front cover of your test booklet agreeing to this policy.
  10. Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a Test Date Change, even if you do not complete all your tests.
  11. You may use a permitted calculator on the Mathematics Test only. Some models and features are prohibited. You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted and bringing it to the test center.

The following rules also apply to using your calculator:

  1. you may use it only during the Mathematics Test;
  2. you may use your backup calculator only after it has been checked by a member of the testing staff;
  3. you may not share your calculator; and
  4. you may not store test materials in your calculator's memory

If your calculator has characters one inch high or larger, or a raised display, testing staff may seat you where no other examinee can see your calculator.

A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will NOT be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not eat or drink anything in the test room. (If you take the ACT Plus Writing, you will have time before the Writing Test to relax and sharpen your pencils.)

Students taking the ACT (No Writing) with standard time are normally dismissed about 11:45 a.m.; students taking the ACT Plus Writing are normally dismissed about 12:30 p.m.

If you do not complete all your tests for any reason, tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document scored before you leave the test center. If you do not, all tests attempted will be scored.

Links:

ACT Home Page

Register online for the ACT.  You'll need your credit card.  Plan to spend an hour registering.

Request Prospect as your test center, code 174400.

Please arrive at Prospect by 7:40 am on the Test Date at the Assessment Center, Room 143.
Bring the following items to Prospect:

  • Your admission ticket AND acceptable photo ID
  • Sharpened soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (NO mechanical pencils or ink pens)
  • A PERMITTED calculator

Standby Testing is an option if you've missed the late registration deadline.

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ACT Special Accommodations Information
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Permitted Calculators

You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list.
For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.

Prohibited Calculators

The following types of calculators are PROHIBITED:

  • Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems. Prohibited calculators in this category include:
    • Texas Instruments:
      • All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 and the TI-Nspire CAS. Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.
    • Hewlett-Packard:
      • HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
    • Casio:
      • Algebra fx 2.0,  ClassPad 300 and ClassPad 330, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G
  • Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
  • Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices
  • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.

Calculators Permitted with Modification

The following types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

  • Calculators with paper tape — Remove the tape.
  • Calculators that make noise — Turn off the sound.
  • Calculators with an infrared data port — Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electrician's tape. (This includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).
  • Calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.

 

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