ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students

Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM

Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.

What’s the ACT Plus Writing test?   It’s an exam that measures educational development in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing and is designed to measure the skills needed for success in post-secondary/college coursework. 

What’s the benefit?  Taking the test can potentially benefit students and families in several ways:

·  The test is administered free of charge. 

·  ACT results may be submitted to up to 4 post-secondary institutions free of charge.

·  Results may be used when applying for scholarships and loans.  

·  Results are accepted by most post-secondary 2-year and 4-year institutions in MN and the U.S.

·  Participation helps identify student strengths and areas where improvements could be made. 

What happens on ACT Test Day, April 19?  Schools and 11th grade students must follow strict guidelines related to the test, which is required to begin promptly at 9:00AM on Wednesday April 19. 

·  Buses will run on the usual schedule both to and from school.

·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule:

7:45AM Hot breakfast served

8:30AM Grab & Go breakfast for late arrivals

8:50AM Students are in their assigned testing room

9:00AM Test Begins. Breaks will be provided at scheduled intervals.

1:45PM (approximately): Testing should be complete. School lunch will be available as early as 1:00PM. Students who wish to leave campus after completing the test must submit written parent permission to the school attendance office.    

·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.

How can students prepare to be successful on the test?  The best way to prepare is by taking rigorous courses in high school. In addition, Classroom teachers, School Counselors, W.I.N. teachers, Integration Specialists, Promise Fellows and American Indian Education Advocates are working to help students prepare.    


How will the test results be used?  About one week prior to taking the ACT Plus Writing, students will participate in pre-test activities, including a free Career Interest Inventory.  The inventory will help students identify their interests and potential careers and each student will receive a free, personalized report.  

   As students begin their senior year, they’ll meet with teachers and counselors to review the ACT test and inventory results and discuss next steps.

Check the ACT Website for helpful information on preparing for the ACT Test.

General Description of the ACT Test

ACT Sample Questions

General ACT Test Taking Tips

Multiple Choice Test Tips