- The ACT is a college entrance examination that is used as a tool to measure a student’s potential for success in college.
- Only students who are planning to attend a 4-year college or university immediately after high school need to take the ACT. If you are planning to attend a community or technical college, you do not need to have an ACT score for admission.
- We recommend that you take the ACT at the end of your junior year. You want to have as much course work completed as possible before you take the exam. If you do not get the score you had hoped for, you can take the exam again. Colleges will see all of your scores but will accept the highest that you obtain.
- Juniors (or seniors who didn't test with their class) can take the ACT at GRHS in late spring. Information can be found here: TAKE THE ACT AT GRHS
- Additional dates are offered throughout the year directly through ACT at www.actstudent.org. We also have a few paper registrations forms in the counseling office if you do not have access to the internet.
- When you register for the ACT, be sure to indicate our high school code (240-990) so that your scores will be sent to GRHS. Also, indicate which colleges you want your scores sent to. You get to send your scores to four colleges for free; after that, there is an additional fee. Some schools are now requiring that scores be sent directly from ACT, so don’t skip this very important part of registering for the ACT. Many colleges are no longer accepting ACT scores from High School transcripts; they want them sent directly from ACT.
How to prepare for the ACT
The ACT is not a test that you can really study for. It is a measure of your entire education K-11. However, you can practice and prepare for the test. The following are some recommendations for preparing for the ACT.
- Do as many practice tests as possible. These can be downloaded from www.act.org, and paper copies are available in the counseling office. Pay attention to areas where you need extra preparation.
- Time yourself while taking practice tests. The ACT is a TIMED test. You have to pace yourself during the exam to make sure you get to all of the questions and don’t spend too much time on any one question.
- Take a prep course like:
- ZAP the ACT which is offered twice per year through Grand Rapids Community Education. The cost is approximately $81.00.
- Get the prep package off of the www.actstudent.org website for a fee.
- Free prep package at www.mncis.intocareers.org.
- FREE resources for taking the ACT are available through academy.act.org.
Make sure you are well-fed, rested, and hydrated before you take the test!