Just Got Your Scores? Now Make Your ACT Account!

Follow this link for easy instructions on setting up your ACT account. The account allows you to view your scores, send your scores and register to re-test, if desired. 

Remember, many colleges have gone to a "test-optional" admission policy. Be sure to check directly with the college to determine if they are "test-optional" or not. This information will be found easily on their admissions website pages.

"Test-optional" means that you may choose to submit your scores as part of your application, if you believe your scores accurately reflect your abilities. If you are not satisfied with your test scores, you may choose to not submit them with your application. Many students may do this, since your preparation for last year's ACT test was hugely interrupted by the pandemic! 

Your counselors are available to talk over any of this and help you make a decision that is best for you. 

What is the ACT? 

  • College admissions test, timed, 3 1/2 hours
  • Measures skills in English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning, and Writing (optional)
  • Achievement test (measures what you know)
  • Accepted at all colleges in the nation
  • Many four-year colleges are test-optional, due to the pandemic interruptions to in-person testing sites 
  • Two-year community and technical colleges use for course placement and to determine if remedial courses are needed
  • NPHS offers state-administered ACT, includes Writing, no cost:  Tuesday, April 13, 2021 
  • Juniors register at school
  • Do not create a new account if registering for national test after April 13, 2021.  Use identical information (complete name, same email, etc.) so state and national ACT accounts merge.
  • National test dates have registration deadlines. You may select up to 3 test sites (in case your first choice is full)
  • NPHS is a national test site annually in October, December and June
  • At registration, students may request scores to be sent to up to four colleges for free. (Colleges will not hold lower scores against a student if higher scores are eventually obtained.)  
  • Students may register for future national test dates on ACT's website

Preparing for the ACT

  • Work hard in core courses (English, reading, math through algebra II, science through chemistry)  
  • Familiarize yourself with what to expect on test day:
    • "Preparing for ACT" pamphlet (test content, full length practice test, strategies)
    • ACT's website (ACT Academy -- new, free option; other free webinars, study tools, various fee-based resources)
  • NPHS offers two online prep courses at no charge: 
    • OnToCollege (formerly John Baylor), MCIS
    • Juniors will use OnToCollege online prep in Advisory
      • only part of the available online tutorial is used during class sessions
      • students may access more OnToCollege online tutorial activities on their own 
    • MCIS offers customized online tutorials based on strengths & weaknesses shown on pre-tests
    • All require username and password (see counselor for login info) 
  • New Prague Community Education offers fee-based prep courses, prior to April and June tests
    • Prep courses are not required: school coursework is the primary preparation for the ACT; multiple free prep resources available
    • Those who take prep courses consistently report satisfaction with the course
  • ACT's official prep advice here 

Register for a National Test Date

Click here. National Test Dates are different from the State-Administered ACT, which is given at NPHS in the spring during the school day.

Understanding Test Scores

  • When are scores released? Click here.
  • To understand and use your ACT results, click here

Accommodations and English Language Learning Supports

Click here for ACT's instructions about how to request accommodations on the ACT. You will want to work closely with your School Counselor throughout this process.

Retaking the ACT

  • Talk this over with your counselor
  • ACT has suggestions about this here 
  • ACT statistics show that, of the students who took the ACT again:
    • 57% increased their Composite score by about 1 point
    • 21% had no change in their Composite score 
    • 22% decreased their Composite score

Optional Writing Test

  • The Writing portion is given during the state-administered ACT at NPHS
  • Most students will not need to register for it on future national test dates
  • It is not required for admission to many colleges (only about 15% of colleges require it) 
  • To see if a college requires the Writing test, click here
  • In Minnesota, no college or university requires the Writing test. A number of colleges do recommend it, however.
  • See your counselor with questions