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Title: Preparing for The ACT


1
Preparing for The ACT
Ginger Green ACT Southeast Region
2
ACT Review
  • Curriculum-based test
  • Measures academic achievement
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (optional)

3
How is the ACT used?
  • College Admissions
  • Talent Identification
  • Academic Advising
  • Freshman Course Placement
  • Awarding Course Credit
  • Scholarships

4
Benefits for Students
  • Accepted by all 4-year colleges in the U.S.
  • Based on information learned in high school
  • More than a college admission exam helps plan
    for life after high school
  • Rewards you for what you know
  • Choose the scores you send to colleges
  • Writing Test is optional
  • Many ways to prepare

5
Scores Reported
  • The ACT
  • English (1-36)
  • Mathematics (1-36)
  • Reading (1-36)
  • Science (1-36)
  • Composite (1-36) An average
  • The ACT Plus Writing
  • Combined English and Writing Score (1-36)
  • Writing Test Subscore (2-12)
  • Narrative Interpretation of Writing test Subscore
  • Composite not affected

6
Non-cognitive Components
  • Student Profile Section
  • High school course/grade information
  • Education plans, interests, needs
  • College extracurricular plans
  • Out of class accomplishments
  • EOS
  • Education and Career Planning
  • ACT Interest Inventory
  • World-of-Work Map
  • College majors and programs

7
English Test
  • 75 questions, 45 minutes
  • 5 essays or passages, each with a set of
    multiple-choice questions
  • Two subscores and a total test score
  • Usage/Mechanics 40 questions
  • Punctuation 10
  • Grammar and Usage 12
  • Sentence Structure 18
  • Rhetorical Skills 35 questions
  • Strategy 12
  • Organization 11
  • Style 12

8
Mathematics Test
You may use a permitted calculator.
  • 60 questions, 60 minutes
  • Multiple-choice questions that require the use of
    reasoning skills to solve practical problems
  • Three subscores and a total test score
  • Pre-Algebra 14 questions
  • Elementary Algebra 10
  • Intermediate Algebra 9
  • Coordinate Geometry 9
  • Plane Geometry 14
  • Trigonometry 4

9
Reading Test
  • 40 questions, 35 minutes
  • 4 passages, each with a set of multiple-choice
    questions
  • Two subscores and a total test score
  • Social Studies/Sciences 20 questions
  • Social Studies 10
  • Natural Sciences 10
  • Arts/Literature 20 questions
  • Prose Fiction 10
  • Humanities 10

10
Science Test
You are not permitted to use a calculator.
  • 40 questions, 35 minutes
  • 7 sets of scientific information measure
    students interpretation, analysis, evaluation,
    reasoning, and problem solving skills
  • One score - Biology, Earth/Space Sciences,
    Chemistry, Physics
  • Data Representation 15 questions
  • Research Summaries 18
  • Conflicting Viewpoints 7

11
Writing Test (optional)
Must be completed in English.
  • 1 writing prompt, 30 minutes
  • Essay test that measures writing skills
    emphasized in high school English classes and
    entry-level college composition courses
  • Make and articulate judgments
  • Develop a position
  • Sustain focus
  • Organize and present ideas logically
  • Communicate clearly in writing

12
Additional Information
  • No penalty for guessing
  • Student decides what scores are sent to colleges
  • Length of test 3 hours 25 min (including the
    optional 30 min Writing Test)

13
Scoring Timeline
  • Receiving scores
  • Online ACT 3-4 weeks
  • ACT Plus Writing 5-8 weeks
  • Mailed ACT 3-8 weeks
  • ACT Plus Writing 5-8 weeks
  • Sending scores
  • 4 total with registration (free)
  • Can send additional score reports for fee

14
How to Register
  • Create a student web account and register online
    www.actstudent.org
  • Register for the ACT 24/7
  • View your scores 3-4 weeks after testing for FREE
  • Real-time seat assignment
  • Print your admissions ticket
  • Receive email reminders
  • Decide where to send your scores
  • Update your student profile
  • FREE sample test questions

15
Test Security Enhancements
  • Students will be required to
  • Provide their gender and upload
  • a photo of themselves
  • Provide their high school code
  • Score reports will be sent
  • automatically to students high schools
  • All acceptable IDs require a photo
  • No stand-by walk-ins on day of test
  • www.act.org/idenhancements

16
Three Choices for Testing with Accommodations
  • ACT Center Testing 1
  • standard time
  • ACT Center Testing 2
  • 50 extended time
  • ACT Special Testing
  • at school
  • gt 50 extended time
  • alternate formats

17
ACT Center Testing 1
  • Standard time with accommodations
  • Regular- or large-type test booklet
  • Examples
  • Wheelchair access
  • Sign-language interpreter to sign spoken
    instruction
  • Diabetics allowed to eat snacks during testing

18
Requesting ACT Center Testing 1
  • May register on-line or with paper registration
    folder
  • Student name, address, phone
  • Explain disability and describe accommodations
  • Written documentation of accommodations in school
  • Name and phone number of school official to
    contact if ACT has questions

19
ACT Center Testing 2
  • Available all test dates
  • Small group assigned to separate room
  • Up to 50 extended time
  • Self-paced
  • Regular (10 pt) or large-type (18 pt)
  • 5 hours for ACT (no writing)
  • 5 hours 45 mins.
  • if ACT Plus Writing

20
ACT Special Testing at School
  • More than 50 extended time and/or testing over
    multiple days
  • Alternate formats such as
  • Braille, audiocassette, audio DVD, reader
  • Computer or scribe for essay
  • 6 discrete testing windows
  • (One in September, October, December,
  • February, April, and June)
  • All Special Testing must take place
  • during a 3-week window that begins
  • on each National test day.
  • Double or
  • triple time

21
Which Form to Submit?
  • Application for ACT Extended Time National
    Testing
  • Request for ACT Special Testing
  • (Both may be downloaded from www.actstudent.org.
    Select Students with Disabilities.

22
Eligibility Requirements
  • Professionally-diagnosed disability that
    precludes testing with standard time or requires
    multiple days
  • Current confirmation ofdiagnosis
  • Current school accommodations

23
Required Documentation
  • Copy of test accommodations page from current
    IEP, or copy of current 504 or Accommodations
    Plan
  • Showing student name, effective dates of the
    plan, and accommodations provided at school

24
Recent Diagnosisor Recent Plan?
  • Within last 3 years
  • Submit full written diagnostic documentation

25
No IEP, 504,or Accommodations Plan?
  • Exceptions Process
  • Submit school letter detailing current test
    accommodations and frequency of use
  • If no accommodations at school, detailed
    explanation required
  • Full written diagnostic documentation required

26
Common Reasons for Denial
  • Incomplete application
  • Missing signatures, no copy of IEP or 504, no
    history of accommodations
  • Diagnosis or plan within last 3 years
  • Must include written diagnostic documentation,
    including full report including all scores and
    subscores from diagnostic tests
  • No description of substantial impairment to
  • learning caused by the condition
  • Effects on learning and academic achievement

27
If a student is denied
  • Request reconsideration
  • Provide missing information
  • Contact ACT
  • Dialog with ACT

28
Recent Volumes
  • Over 123,000 requests for extended time or
    alternate formats annually
  • ACT typically approves approximately 90 of all
    requests
  • Testing with accommodations has remained constant
    at about 3-4 of total tests administered annually

29
Easy Steps for Repeat Testing
  • Extended Time National Testing
  • Re-Registration
  • No need to resubmit documentation
  • By phone specify request for SAME accommodations
    previously approved
  • By folder complete only side 1 of new Extended
    Time Application
  • Registering on the web student will be reminded
    that she had accommodations for a previous
    National test date. Must indicate if she wants
    the same accommodations.

30
Easy Steps for Repeat Testing
  • Special Testing Retest Requests
  • No documentation needed for SAME accommodations
  • Complete side 1 of new Special Testing Request
    Form
  • Enclose copy of ACT accommodations letter student
    received for prior testing

31
Prepare for the Test
  • Preparing for the ACT (free)
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide
  • ACT Online Prep
  • www.actstudent.org/testprep (free)

32
Preparing for the ACT(free booklet)
  • Full-Length Practice Test, including a Writing
    Test
  • Information about the Optional Writing Test
  • Strategies to Prepare for the Tests
  • What to Expect on Test Day

33
  • The Real ACT Prep Guide
  • (with or without CD)
  • 5 practice tests each with an optional writing
    test
  • Explanations for all right and wrong answers
  • Test-taking strategies for all 4 subject areas

34
  • ACT Online Prep
  • Familiarizing students with how the test works
  • Diagnostic Test and 2 practice tests
  • Custom Study Path
  • Take the Tour go to www.act.org, select
  • The Test, select ACT Online Prep

35
www.actstudent.org
36
Student Resources
  • www.actstudent.org
  • Testing Tips
  • Sample Questions with Explanatory Answers
  • ACT Question of the Day
  • Map of College Majors
  • Interactive World-of-Work Map
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

37
Sample Test Questions
38
Parent Resources
  • www.act.org/path/parent/
  • Test FAQ
  • College planning checklists
  • Newsletters
  • Tools and resources
  • Financial Aid Need Estimator
  • Interactive Map of College Majors
  • Interactive Work-of-Work Map

39
Free Publications for Families
  • Why Take the ACT?
  • Preparing for the ACT (English and Spanish)
  • Get Set for College
  • Using Your ACT Results (English and Spanish)
  • Family Firsts Guide for Parents of
    First-Generation College Students (English and
    Spanish)
  • Family Firsts Guide for First-Generation College
    Students

40
Good Luck!!
  • Prepare early to be successful!!!!
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