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The ACT is a national college admissions test that assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  It is a curriculum- and standards-based test, not an aptitude or an IQ test.  Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, reading and science.

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT but different institutions place different emphasis on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation, such as class rank, G.P.A., and extracurricular activities.

The ACT consists of:

  • Multiple-choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • The optional 40-minute Writing Test consists of a writing prompt that describes an issue and presents three different perspectives on that issue. Students analyze these perspectives, develop their own perspective and explain the relationship between them.

The ACT Plus Writing is available on all national test dates.  The 40 minute ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The combined information from both tests tells postsecondary institutions about students' understanding of the conventions of standard written English and their ability to produce a direct sample of writing.

Because postsecondary institutions have varying needs, ACT offers the writing test as an option so that students are not required to take a test they do not need to take, thus avoiding unnecessary expense, and institutions have the freedom to require the tests that best meet their information needs.

Colleges make their own decisions about whether to require the results from the ACT Writing Test for admissions and/or course placement purposes.  Therefore, students should decide whether to take the writing test based on the requirements of the institutions they are considering. Most colleges will accept scores from the Writing Test even if they do not require it.

Check directly with the institutions you are considering to find out their requirements, or ask your high school counselor which test option you should take.

Find more information online at www.act.org

How do I register?

Register online at www.actstudent.org . Online registration requires MasterCard, VISA, DISCOVER, American Express, or an ACT fee waiver available from the high school counselors for eligible students.  Registration using any other method of payment must be done using the paper registration form.

As test security protocol, ACT also requires students to upload or otherwise submit (via ACT website, mobile device, or mail) a recognizable head-and-shoulders photo of themselves at the time they register – online or by mail – for the ACT

Students must present both an acceptable photo identification (see requirements on ACT website) and their printed ACT admission ticket before being admitted to test. The first and last names on the photo ID must be consistent with the names on the ACT ticket, which should be the student’s legal name.  Do not use initials, shortened names or nicknames.

What does it cost?

The 2019-2020 basic fee for the ACT Plus Writing is $68.00 This includes score reports for up to four college choices for which a valid code is listed at the time of registration. The basic fee for the ACT if you do not take the Writing Test is $52.00.

Visit www.act.org to view the fee structure for other options and services.
Check to see if your college of choice prefers the ACT or SAT and plan accordingly.

Testing dates

2019-2020 Test Dates for ACT
Test Date Registration Deadline
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019
October 16, 2019 September 20, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020


ACT Registration Codes


  High School Code

  • Midland High School: 232585
  • H. H. Dow High School: 232582