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One Counselor has a Million Dollar Impact

Over 10 years at Morse High School, Counselor Leslie Trundy tracked merit awards resulting from SAT and ACT scores for 277 students
who took both tests and qualified for merit awards. Here is what she found:

  • More students were offered merit awards with ACT scores
  • Students earned greater merit awards with score from the ACT® test
  • The total value of merit awards offered to students was greater with ACT scores

ACT Extended Time Policy Changes

There is an important change coming to the ACT extended time testing policy for the 2017-18 school year. All examinees testing under the extended time accommodation (Timing Code 6, time-and-a-half) will now have 5 hours, self-paced, to complete the four multiple choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science). There will be a hard stop at 5 hours or upon the completion of the multiple choice tests (whichever comes first). Examinees who registered for the ACT with writing then get 1 hour to complete their writing test. This change is to ensure a fair and standardized testing experience for all examinees.

An email with additional details regarding this change was sent to all test coordinators and students who received extended time last year. 

Maximize Your Students' ACT Test Readiness with Online Prep Live

The ACT® test is an opportunity for your students to demonstrate their college and career readiness. We invite you to attend a free 60 minute session that will showcase the value of ACT® Kaplan® Online Prep Live. It will also discuss the powerful role counselors and faculty play in preparing students for this important moment in their academic lives. 

New Online System for ACT Support Materials

In August, counselors were mailed materials to support students as they prepare to take the ACT test. As you need additional ACT support materials throughout the year, you will be able to utilize the College and Career Readiness Information System (CCRIS) to request additional quantities. 

Sophomore Year eBook Now Available

Tenth grade is a great time for students to stretch themselves and try new things—new activities, new kinds of classes, new challenges. It’s also a “directional” year—a time for them to start figuring out college and career goals. In Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: How to Prepare for the Future During Your Sophomore Year, ACT identifies which classes should be a top priority, why extracurricular activities matter, and what steps sophomore students should take to plan for the future.

Social and Emotional Learning Matters

Academic skills alone are not enough for success in college and careers. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are the noncognitive skills and characteristics that are essential for a wide range of outcomes in academic and life success, including conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability, openness, and extraversion.

These factors strongly predict academic achievement, career success, and lifelong well-being. Many studies find that these attributes contribute as much or more than academic skills in helping students succeed. Recent research has also shown that directed growth in Social and Emotional Learning skills is possible.

Reasons to Attend a College and Career Readiness Workshop

This free half-day, interactive workshop is a great opportunity to meet with professionals to network and share ideas. By attending one of the many nationwide in-person workshops or webinars you’ll learn how to answer these questions:

  1. How do I know if my students are meeting educational standards?
  2. What do my students’ test scores really mean?
  3. Do my students’ interests line up with their academic and social/emotional skills?
  4. How do I know if students are ready for college and career?
  5. How do I communicate with students and parents about college and career readiness?

In addition, members of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) will earn 3 clock hours for participating in the workshop.


National ACT Test - September 9

College and Career Readiness Workshops

Register today to attend an ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop near you. Workshops begin this month. 

NACAC National Conference

September 14–16, 2017
Boston, MA
Booth 431

Attend our Friday 8:30 Session
Attend our Friday 1:30 Session 

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The ACT Test

During this school year, your students will have an important opportunity to access scholarships, connect with colleges, and gain valuable information about their college and career readiness by taking the ACT test.

Educators and counselors like you in every state understand the value of the ACT test and are encouraging their students to take it. As the leading US college admissions test, ACT scores are accepted by every 4-year college and university and provide students with access to millions of dollars in scholarships.

For educators, these test results provide you with the data to position students for success after high school.