APRIL 7, 2020

    The April 7th district ACT and practice ACT tests have been cancelled.  The district is currently exploring alternative options.

    The Parkway School District has all 11th graders to take the ACT at school as a part of our school assessment plan.  In an effort to support student preparation for that junior year exam, the Parkway School District also offers a free practice ACT for all freshmen on Tuesday, April 7. 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, students will dismiss to lunch at 12:00 pm. At 12:45 pm, we 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 in English, mathematics, reading, and 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

    Is this a “real” ACT?

    No. The ACT you take is a retired exam that the district has purchased.  The district will score the test and will provide you with feedback on your performance.

    Am I required to take the practice ACT?

    The district strongly encourages all students to take the practice ACT.  The goal is to provide everyone with exposure to the ACT prior to taking the required test in junior year.  If you have concerns about testing, please feel free to discuss with Mrs. Prange, our Post-Secondary & Assessment Counselor.


    Do I need to do anything to sign up for the test?

    Registration is not necessary.  All freshmen enrolled at Parkway Central are automatically scheduled to take the test. 

    What if I have an IEP or 504 Plan that gives me accommodations on testing?

    For a “real” ACT, testing accommodations are determined by ACT after review of a student’s current IEP or 504 Plan.  For the practice ACT, students who receive testing accommodations through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan will be scheduled to test with either a) extended time or b) test read/extended time accommodations. Your case manager will have information regarding your testing accommodations.

    Test Day

    What do I need to bring with me to the test?

    Bring #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.


    When will my results be available?

    The district will score your test and results should be sent to your Parkway email address within 2-3 weeks.