FREE ACT FOR JUNIORS
APRIL 7, 2020
The April 7th district ACT and practice ACT test is cancelled. The district is currently exploring alternative options - the hope is to still offer a free ACT to the Class of 2021 in the fall.
The Parkway School District is providing all 11th graders the opportunity to take the ACT at school on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at no cost. Please review the answers below to frequently asked questions and see Mrs. Prange in Counseling if you have additional questions or concerns.
Test Date and Location
When is the test and where will it be held?
The test is Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at PCH. Students will report directly to their testing room at 7:35. After testing concludes, juniors will dismiss to lunch at 12:00 pm. At 12:45 pm, students will transition to a shortened Academic Lab period and then school will dismiss for the day at 1:30 pm.
About the ACT
What is on the ACT?
The ACT is made up of four curriculum-based multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, science). The composition of the test is:
- English Test – 75 items, 45 minutes
- Mathematics Test – 60 items, 60 minutes
- Reading Test – 40 items, 35 minutes
- Science Test – 40 items, 35 minutes
**Please note –the district ACT will NOT include the optional Writing section
Is this a “real” ACT?
Yes. Your score will be reportable to all colleges and universities in the United States. NCAA also accepts your score for eligibility consideration.
Do I need to do anything to sign up for the test?
Registration is not necessary. All juniors enrolled at Parkway Central are automatically registered to take the test. The required non-test portion of the answer folder will be completed during Ac Lab on March 11th.
What if I have an IEP or 504 Plan that gives me accommodations on testing?
ACT provides test accommodations in accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Schools provide accommodations under different regulations. Thus, having a diagnosis and receiving accommodations in school does not guarantee ACT approval of those accommodations. Requests for ACT-approved test accommodations for all students with diagnosed disabilities who are receiving special education services described in a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan were completed and submitted by the school. For those students who are approved to test with extended time or multiple-day testing, you will be provided with information regarding your specific testing schedule and room assignments.
What do I need to bring with me to the test?
Bring photo ID, #2 pencils with erasers, and a permitted calculator. You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list: (http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html). Using the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use.
What is not allowed?
Eating, drinking and the use of reading materials are not permitted in the test room. You may not have a cell phone, smart watches/fitness bands, media player, or electronic device of any kind in the test room (other than a permitted calculator) and you may not use them during scheduled breaks.
If I finish early, may I work on other things?
No. You may not read or engage in any other activity that could distract others from testing. If you finish before time is called, recheck your work on that test.
What are some study resources available to help me prepare for the ACT?
1) Testive. When you log in to Naviance, the link for Testive is on the bottom of the home page under Links. You may navigate to Naviance from the PCH Counseling page. If you do not remember your username/password, please see someone in Counseling. The resource gives you diagnostic tests in each subject and then builds individualized lessons to help you prepare. (http://schools.testive.com/parkway-central)
2) ACT Prep Classes at PCH. Free prep class on Saturday, March 28 taught by PCH teachers. Take pre-tests and then attend sessions to help improve your performance. Sign up available here or in Dr. Power’s office.
3) ACT Website. ACT has test preparation resources on their student site, ACT Academy (https://academy.act.org/)
When will my results be available?
ACT reports that the test scores will be mailed to Parkway Central and the student's home address approximately 3-8 weeks after answer documents are received. Therefore scores will likely arrive between April 28 and June 2.