The best resource of information about the ACT is available at http://www.actstudent.org/. You will find information regarding registration, test preparation, scores, college planning, and other helpful resources. Please see your SPASH Counselor for other test prep resources such as the ACT Prep class at SPASH that is offered to juniors.
The ACT has four parts (English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning) and an optional Writing component. You cannot take the Writing component separately from the rest of the exam. Approximately 95% of students in Wisconsin applying for college admission take the ACT while about 5% take the SAT. Please note that the majority of universities nationwide will accept either test. The Writing component was added in 2005 which is a separate optional test that can be taken with the ACT. At the present time, the Writing component of the ACT is NOT required for any of the UW System schools, including UW-Madison. The University of Minnesota -Twin Cities recommends taking the Writing component, but will consider the application complete without it. Check the ACT website for a list of other colleges that may require the Writing component.
ACT Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 10, 2016|| August 7, 2016||August 8-19, 2016|
|October 22, 2016||September 16, 2016||September 17-30, 2016|
|December 10, 2016||November 4, 2106||November 5-18, 2016|
|February 11, 2017||January 13, 2017||January 14-20, 2017|
|April 8, 2017||March 3, 2016||March 4-17, 2017|
|June 10, 2017||May 5, 2017||May 6-19, 2017|
SAT Reasoning Test
This contains Critical Reading, Writing, and Math. The SAT is taken more frequently as an admissions test by students outside the Midwest, especially on the East and West coasts. Universities will often accept the ACT or the SAT. Please check each school's admissions site for specific requirements.
SAT Subject Tests
To register online for the SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests and to get additional information about preparing for these tests, go to http://www.collegeboard.org/.
You should also consider whether the colleges that you’re interested in require or recommend Subject Tests. Some colleges will grant an exemption from or credit for a freshman course requirement if a student does well on a particular SAT Subject Test. Some colleges and universities require one or more Subject Tests along with the SAT. You may use the same registration form to register for both tests. We would advise that you check with the campus you plan on applying to for specific admission requirements.
If your school requires SAT Subject Tests, are you wondering which test to take? There are 20 Subject Tests across five general subject areas: history, mathematics, science, English and foreign languages. The SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your interests and academic strengths. The tests are a great way to indicate interest in specific majors or programs of study (e.g., engineering, pre-med, cultural studies).
For all test dates and registration go to http://sat.collegeboard.org/register.
The ACCUPLACER exam is used by Midstate Technical College (and some other technical colleges such as Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton). At Midstate, it is used to determine placement into specific classes, but is not used for admission purposes. The four parts of this exam are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, and Elementary Algebra. Please note that very few technical college programs require the Elementary Algebra portion. The ACCUPLACER is taken on a computer and is not timed.
Most technical colleges will accept or use ACT or SAT scores for admission, but may still require you to take their specific admissions or placement test depending on how high your ACT scores is. To find out more information on admissions and which test is required for the technical college you wish to attend go to http://www.witechcolleges.org/default.htm.
NOTE: As of April 19, 2016, Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) will no longer allow the Accuplacer to be administered at SPASH. You must call MSTC at 715-344-3063 to schedule your test session at MSTC. If you are planning to attend a technical college other than MSTC (Northcentral Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, etc.) you can still take the Accuplacer at MSTC, but you will be charged $20. If you are planning to attend MSTC, there is no fee to take the Accuplacer at MSTC.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely administered aptitude test in the United States. About 900,000 students in approximately 14,000 schools take the ASVAB annually. The ASVAB is called an aptitude battery because its results are used to predict the ability to learn skills – specifically skills required for different work. No military items are included and the test is based on research to help predict success in a wide range of different jobs. The ASVAB consists of ten tests: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Numerical Operations, Coding Speed, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Electronics Information. The test has 334 items administered in a 2 ½ hour session. The results help focus student interest and aptitude for careers – both military and civilian. Scores on each test are provided as well as scores clustered around Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science/Technical Skills. There are numerous resources available on line to assist in studying for the ASVAB.
Resources for the ASVAB include:
3) Learning Express Library- click on link through our district website and Family Resources
3) Books in the SPASH library which can be checked out
4) Military Recruiters
ASVAB Test at SPASH: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016. The ASVAB is available to all students. Sign up in the Counseling Office or see your counselor or a military recruiter for more information.