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ACT Test Info

Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018

ACT Fees
ACT (no Writing) – $46.00
ACT plus Writing – $62.50
Late Fee – $29.50
Test Info Release – $20.00 (get copy of test questions, your answers, and answer key – available for December, April, and June tests only)
To register for the ACT: or 319.337.1270.

SAT Test Info

Test Dates Registration Deadline Test Type
August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests
October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests
November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 SAT & Subject Tests
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 SAT Only
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 SAT & Subject Tests
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 SAT & Subject Tests

SAT Fees
SAT – $46.00
SAT with essay – $60.00
Late Fee – $29.00
Subject Test Base Fee – $26.00
Language Tests with Listening – $26.00 each
All other Subject Tests – $20.00 each
To register: or 866.756.7346.

Test-Taking Tips and Strategies

You will need to keep track of your time. Do not rush through the easy and medium questions to get to the hard ones. Concentrate on the easy/medium questions to gain the most points.

Because the ACT is a standardized test, you can learn what you will be tested on and how the questions will be asked. So you’ll need to practice, practice, practice!

Practice as if you are taking the real ACT, so get up early to practice while you are TIRED! Practicing will help you become more accustomed with taking the ACT.

Determine which questions you should DO NOW, DO LATER, and DO NEVER. The Easy questions should be answered first, the Medium ones later, and the Hard questions saved for last. You may never get to them, and that’s okay! There is the same number of Easy, Medium, and Hard questions, so spend the majority of your time on the Easy and Medium questions so as not to make careless mistakes. Save the Hard questions for last.

There is no penalty for guessing on the ACT, so guess if you are uncertain of the correct answer. You can also use this strategy if you run out of time answering the Hard questions.

Narrow down your choices before taking a guess. A 50% chance of getting it correct is better than a 25% chance.

Pick a spot of your choice before starting the test. Use that spot every time you need to guess. It will increase your odds for getting questions correct compared to randomly guessing.

Physically cross out wrong answers, work out math problems, and underline key information in passages. Do not be afraid to show your work. It’s much easier to work problems on paper than in your head. The test booklet will not be graded, so use it!

Tips for each ACT section


  • Do not use the “Sounds Good” method. Rely on grammar skills instead.
  • Read entire passage, not just underlined section.
  • Assume everything not underlined is correct.
  • Complete a passage before moving on.
  • Learn to “cut out the fat.” In other words, eliminate information that isn’t needed.
  • The shortest answer is usually right if it makes sense!
  • “Delete the underlined portion” is correct 50% of the time.
  • “No change” is correct 25% of the time.


  • Study the math formulas. ACT will not provide any formulas.
  • Use your calculator as a tool, not as a crutch.
  • The math section is typically organized in easy to hard order.
  • Use the “Plug-In” method when you are given variables in the question and answers.
  • Use the “Use the Answer” method when you are given numbers in the answers.
  • Geometric figures are usually drawn to scale.
  • If a figure is not given, be sure to draw it out.
  • Use logic when you can instead of using math to solve a problem.
  • There are only four trigonometry questions on the ACT.


  • There are four types of reading passages: Literary Narrative, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities. Practice each of these and determine which ones are easiest for you. Answer those passages first!
  • Think of the ACT Reading section as an open book test. You never have to remember what you read.
  • Always read the blurb. This is the first section of the passage that is in a different font.
  • Use the “Speed Reading” strategy: first paragraph, last paragraph, first sentence of middle paragraphs – in that order!
  • Use the “Cover and Predict” strategy. Practice covering the answers and answering for yourself. Seeing the answer choices may cause you to second guess yourself.


    • The ACT Science test isn’t really a science test at all. It’s more of a reading test. You do not have to know any scientific facts to do well on the science test.
    • There are three types of science passages: Charts and Graphs, Experiments, and Conflicting Scientists. Practice with these types and determine which ones are easiest. Answer those first!

Take lots of notes so that you do not have to reread the passage when answering a question.

  • Use the strategy “Substitute to Simplify.” If a Latin word is used to name something, replace it with a more familiar word to make it easier to understand.
  • Practice using graphs. The ACT Science section will focus a great deal on graph interpretation.


  • State your position clearly. ACT prefers direct, concise writing, so limit unnecessary prose.