South Washington County Schools

ACT Testing Day for Juniors: No school for grades 9, 10 and 12

The ACT, a college entrance test, is a nationally recognized exam. In May 2014, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring all juniors to take the ACT test during the regular school day at no cost to students. In accordance with this state law, all current high school juniors in District 833 will participate in the ACT Plus Writing in school on Tuesday, April 24.

As a result, students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on Tuesday, April 24. It is the school district’s expectation that all 9th, 10th and 12th grade students will work on academics from home on that day. Academic expectations, including assignments and due dates, will be communicated to your student(s) by individual teachers prior to April 24. 

Information for all students in Grade 11 regarding the required ACT Plus Writing on April 24:


It is very important for high school juniors to be in attendance on Tuesday, April 24, for the statewide ACT Plus Writing testing day. Students are to report directly to their testing assignment location by 8:35 a.m. Students arriving to their testing assignment after 8:50 a.m. will not be admitted to test per ACT rules regarding the official start time.

Schedule & Transportation

School start times will remain the same. Students will test until approximately 1:30 p.m. with one 15-minute break, per ACT guidelines. Students will be dismissed and have the option to leave school at the conclusion of testing; students who choose to remain in the building will be directed to a supervised area. Bus transportation via regular routes will be available at the regular high school dismissal time at 3:05 p.m.


The school cafeteria will be open as usual with nutritious, protein-packed breakfast options available. A snack will be provided for all students at break time. Students may also choose to bring a snack of their own. Lunch will be available for purchase after testing.

Test Results 

Juniors who participate in the ACT Plus Writing may view their scores online three to eight weeks after the April 24 test date if they create a free ACT student web account. Students can create their ACT web account at www.actstudent.org. If students have questions about creating an account, they may contact ACT-WebAccount@act.org.

Test scores will be automatically sent to the colleges requested when students register online. After the test date, there will be a $12 charge. Click here for test ordering options.

Online resources

ACT provides a number of online resources to help prepare students.

There is a free online practice test for students who plan to take the test online. Students who will take the test on paper, can access the free practice paper test.

For more information on preparing for the ACT, visit www.act.org