ACT/SAT Testing

ACT: Register at act.org
Cost is $52. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch and are a junior/senior, see the counselor for a fee waiver. This will allow you to take the test FREE, which you may do twice. Many colleges are requiring the ACT be sent DIRECTLY to them from ACT, so be sure to put that school's code when you register. Otherwise, it will cost you extra to have ACT send the scores later.

Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required--extra $30)
October 26September 20Sept 21-Oct 4
December 14November 8Nov 9-22
February 8January 10Jan 11-17
April 4February 28Feb 29-Mar13
June 13May 8May 9-22
July 18June 19June 20-26

ACT prep classes are offered in Wardsville. These meet 2-3 times for a total of 6 hours of instruction. Cost $140. Take either math and science or English and reading. Go to www.jcactprep.com to register and for more details.

ACT Benchmarks:


*ACT Benchmarks predict the likelihood of successful grades in college in these areas (basically guidelines to aim for).

How do you get good ACT scores?

#1: Take core classes.
#2: Practice, Practice, Practice
: Great websites to practice for the ACT are:

www.4tests.com; www.number2.com;

Practice books are available in the counselor’s office!

When should I take the ACT?

ACT recommends a student take the ACT during their junior year or upon completion of Algebra 2 & Geometry. I recommend you take it during your junior year.

Why should I care about higher ACT scores?

Fair or not, colleges attach scholarship dollars to ACT scores. Also, it is the second most important factor colleges consider in the admission process. The first being hard curriculum; so yes, it does matter when you choose to take easier classes. More preparation in high school may mean money in your pocket later.

To get a Bright Flight scholarship, you must score a 31 on the ACT. Currently, this amounts to $3000 per year for 5 years while attending a Missouri college or university. (Amount varies based on state funding.)

  • If applying to NCAA, you must have ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA. They will no longer accept ACT scores off a high school transcript. Put their code (9999) on the ACT registration packet.
  • If applying to NAIA, their code for the ACT packet is 9876.
  • Some colleges (MU and Northwest) are starting to request that scores come directly from ACT instead of the high school. Be sure to put their codes on the registration form. Otherwise, you will have to pay a fee for this.

SAT: Register at collegeboard.org
Cost is $47.50; with essay $64.50

August 24, 2019July 26, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019September 6, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019October 3, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019November 8, 2019
Saturday, March 14, 2020February 14, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020April 3, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020May 8, 2020

Note: There is no need to take both the ACT and SAT. To see differences between the two tests, go to http://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/test-information/sat-vs-act

SAT practice site: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice