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ACT Testing

The ACT is a test that helps college’s know how academically prepared you are for college level work.

Iowa State University

University of Northern Iowa

University of Iowa

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Deadline
September 9, 2023 August 4 August 18
October 28, 2023 September 22 October 6
December 9, 2023 November 3 November 17
February 10, 2024 January 5 January 19
April 15, 2024 March 8 March 22
June 8, 2024 May 3 May 17
July 13, 2024 June 7 June 21


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***The ACT can be taken up to 12 times, but most students take the test 2-3 times.  It is recommended for juniors to take the test near the end of their junior year.  Usually, our students tend to take it in April or June of their junior year and then again in September, October or December of their senior year.   Please expect it to take an hour for you to register for the test and to make sure you register for the test before the deadline.

Students interested in attending a four year college or university down the road (seeking a Bachelor’s Degree, for example) should take the ACT. If a student is wanting to go straight into the work force or the military after high school there is no need to take the ACT.  If a student is wanting to attend a community college after high school they can take the ACT, but it isn’t required in most cases.

The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take the most rigorous classes you can and to do well in those classes.  You can study for the ACT and there are many ways to do it.  I always recommend practicing taking the test by getting practice tests from me and taking advantage of the practice test sessions I offer.  You can also purchase books that have several practice tests in them as well.  One example is the Official ACT Prep Guide found HERE. Here is a book that many students have found to be an excellent resource as well: ACT Black Book Prep.

ACT has what is called ACTOnline Prep and this is an inexpensive program that is also very good.  Here is the website: The ACT Prep Online

There is tutoring available at Sylvan Learning Center in Ames as well.  This is a valuable investment if you are really needing a higher score for admission into the college of your choice or for a scholarship.  Here is their website: Sylvan Learning 

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Gilbert Community School District

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