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Districtwide ACT Set for April 23

Districtwide ACT Set for April 23

SoWashCo Schools administers the American College Test (the ACT) each year to 11th graders.  This year the test will be administered online on April 23rd, 2024. Minnesota State Statute 120B.30 requires SoWashCo Schools to provide an opportunity for high school students to take a college entrance exam during the school day.  



Why take the ACT? Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The ACT is accepted by all US colleges and universities

  • The ACT can help students get better scholarships

  • The ACT provides college and career resources for each examinee

While some colleges are making the admissions process “test optional” at this time, here are some things to consider.  Taking the ACT enables you to: 

  • Take the right classes

  • Get more scholarships

  • Qualify for specific programs

  • Secure your admission. 

Read more here about why the ACT is right for you even if not every college requires a college entrance exam at this time.  Historically a college entrance exam, like the ACT, is required for admission into most colleges and are a large part of the admissions process. 


When students take the ACT test, high school educators and counselors receive valuable information for guidance and curriculum development. K-12 professionals use ACT reports to:

  • Guide students toward college and career readiness

  • Assist students with college and career planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of instruction

  • Plan changes and improvements in curriculum


Each time you take the ACT, you get a composite score that is an average of the results on the four subjects of the test: Math, Science, English and Reading. Composite scores range from 1-36. For each subject, you’ll see your readiness for first-year college courses in the corresponding subjects.   Sample score report.


The ACT Resources for Examinees


2024 ACT Information

Attendance and Materials

All students must attend school on April 23 to take the ACT. Registration is not required. There will not be a make-up opportunity. 

  • Students at East Ridge High School, Park High School, and Woodbury High School should report to their testing location by 8:30 a.m. 

  • South Washington Alternative High School and SoWashCo Online students should report to their testing location by 8:45 a.m.

  • Students arriving at their testing location after 8:50 a.m. will not be admitted due to ACT testing rules.

  • Students should come with their ACT approved calculator, a writing utensil, photo ID, and their school-issued chromebook charged and ready. 


Schedule, meals and transportation

  • School start times will remain the same. 

  • Students will test until approximately 1:00 p.m. with one 15-minute break. A snack will be provided at break time and students may also bring a snack of their own.

  • Lunch will be available after testing is complete. 

  • 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 times.


Test results  

Students are encouraged to sign up for a free MyACT account to access scores early. Students with an account can view their scores online before score reports are mailed out. At the latest, accounts must be created two days after testing. 


Contact your principal for more specific information about ACT testing at your school.