ACT and PreACT Testing Information

April 5, 2022

Where should my student go on April 5?

Grade 9: Digital Learning Day at Home (Scroll to the bottom for more information)

Grade 10: PreACT at AVHS (Scroll down for more information)

Grade 11: ACT at AVHS (Information below)

Grade 12: Digital Learning Day at Home (Scroll to the bottom for more information)

ACT Information (Grade 11)

What is the schedule?

Schools in District 196 will offer the ACT test in school buildings on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, to students in grade 11. This test is free and there is no need to register. Students in grades 9 and 12 will participate in at-home learning on this day, while students in Grade 10 will take the PreACT. District 196 schools will offer the ACT with NO writing exam.


Busses will run on their normal routes this day. Students who do not ride the bus should plan to be at school no later than 7:40 am. Students who are late will not be permitted to test. Students are free to leave school when the test is done; return busses will leave at their normal time (2:40 p.m.)

Does my student have to take the ACT?

Taking the ACT is encouraged, but not required. We know that many colleges, universities, and scholarship programs have recently adjusted their testing and admission guidelines. Every school and program is treating testing requirements differently, and it is important to look up what colleges, scholarships, and other post-high school programs’ expectations are for students when it comes to tests like the ACT. All Minnesota high schools are required to offer one free-of-charge opportunity to take the ACT to juniors; however, you may decide that taking the ACT is not the right decision for your student at this time.


Opting out of the April 5 ACT is as simple as not showing up that day. However, for our planning purposes, it is helpful to know who isn't planning to test. If your student does not plan to test on April 5, please fill out the form linked below by Friday, March 25.

How do we get scores as fast as possible?

If your student has not already done so, we highly recommend that they create a “MyACT” account at my.act.org. Students with MyACT accounts can see their ACT scores through the account. Scores are available online before paper score reports arrive in the mail. It is important to remember the email address that students use to create their account; they will need to fill in this same information on their test answer document on test day. MyACT accounts are now also the only way for students to report scores to colleges.


Students will need to link their April 5 test to their MyACT account. Students will receive a unique nine-digit number after completing the test. To receive their scores via MyACT, students need to log in to their MyACT account within 48 hours after completing the test. There will be an option to "Enter Student Code" on the right-hand side. If this is not completed within 48 hours, students will need to wait to receive their score in the mail.

What should my student bring? What should they leave at home?

Students should bring:

• An ACT approved graphing calculator

• No. 2 pencils

• Acceptable photo ID


Please do NOT bring:

• Cell phones or iPads

• Any electronic devices that record or make noise

• Backpacks or purses


Testing regulations do not allow these items in the testing room and need to be stored elsewhere during the test. Students are encouraged to leave all unnecessary personal items at home on this day. Please note that the improper use of an electronic device is the number one reason that students are disqualified from the ACT.

What if I have more questions?

We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students and are committed to helping them be as prepared as possible for this experience. If you have any questions or concerns about ACT testing on April 5, please contact AVHS Testing Coordinator Bill Blatzheim at (952) 431-8202 or william.blatzheim@district196.org.

Grade 11 ACT Opt-Out Form

This form is for grade 11 students/families wishing to opt-out of the ACT on Tuesday, April 5. All grade 11 students are automatically registered for the test unless they complete this opt-out form. The ACT is not a required test.

ACT Resources/Website (Includes Practice Test)

Please click the button to be linked to ACT's website and recommended resources for preparing for the ACT.

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PreACT Information (Grade 10)

What is the PreACT?

The PreACT is a free, non-college-reportable test designed to give students a preparatory experience for taking the ACT later in their academic careers. Test results are scaled to ACT benchmarks, and students receive detailed feedback to help them understand current areas of strength as well as areas for growth.

What is the schedule?

Students in grade 10 will take the Pre-ACT test at AVHS on Tuesday, April 5. This test is free and there is no need to register. Students in grades 9 and 12 will participate in at-home learning on this day, while students in Grade 11 will take the ACT.


Busses will run on their normal routes this day. Students who do not ride the bus should plan to be at school no later than 7:45 am. Students who are late will not be permitted to test. Students are free to leave school when the test is done; return busses will leave at their normal time (2:40 p.m.) The test will begin around 8:00 a.m. and finish by 12:30 p.m.

Does my student have to take the PreACT?

Students are encouraged but not required to take the PreACT. The information and feedback students receive on the PreACT is helpful for preparing for a student's next academic steps. Opting out of the PreACT is as simple as not showing up on April 5. However, for our planning purposes, it is helpful to know who isn't planning to test. If your student does not plan to test on April 5, please fill out the form linked below by Friday, March 25.

How will my student receive their scores?

PreACT score reports are distributed at AVHS approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the exam. Students will receive both their score report, which includes an answer key, as well as a copy of the test booklet for home study.

Students should bring:

• An ACT approved graphing calculator

• No. 2 pencils

• Acceptable photo ID* (School ID works)


Please do NOT bring:

• Cell phones or iPads*

• Any electronic devices that record or make noise*

• Backpacks or purses


*The testing regulations for the PreACT are not as strict as the ACT - students are not required to show photo ID before taking the test, and use of an electronic device during the exam will result in a warning before being dismissed from the test. However, one reason for taking the PreACT is to simulate the experience of taking the ACT as much as possible so students are prepared for the more serious exam in the future. Therefore, students should bring a photo ID if possible for check-in and stow their cell phones away-and-OFF in a backpack during the test.

What if I have more questions?

We are excited to offer this opportunity to our students and are committed to helping them be as prepared as possible for this experience. If you have any questions or concerns about PreACT testing on April 5, please contact AVHS Testing Coordinator Bill Blatzheim at (952) 431-8202 or william.blatzheim@district196.org.
Grade 10 PreACT Opt-Out Form

This form is for grade 10 students/families wishing to opt-out of the PreACT on Tuesday, April 5. All grade 10 students are automatically registered for the test unless they complete this opt-out form. The PreACT is not a required test.

Student Expectations for Digital Learning Day (Grades 9 and 12)

9th and 12th-grade students will stay home and engage in digital learning using Schoology and district-issued iPads on Tuesday, April 5th. After the ACT/PreACT testing is completed, teachers will be available to answer questions and offer support to students who need it.


The Digital Learning Day should use the following guidelines for 9th & 12th Grade Students:


1. Login to Schoology. All course materials and directions will be posted in Schoology.

2. Plan Your Day. Schedule 35 minutes for each of your classes to work on your learning tasks. 3. Complete all assigned work.