During the 2012-2013 school year, Hazelwood School District juniors and seniors will have many opportunities to enroll in workshops to prepare for the ACT tests.
Math or science teachers will conduct math/science workshops while communication arts teachers will lead communication arts/reading workshops. The workshops include ACT Test-Taking Strategies and ACT Content Reviews for math/science/English, which have a $10 fee (pay in guidance office at sign-up). These are held after school over three days, starting at 2:35 p.m. and ending at 4:35 p.m.
ACT Content Review Workshops will take place on the following dates: October 9–11; November 27–29; January 29–31, 2013; and April 2-4, 2013 while ACT Test-Taking Strategies Workshops will occur on the following dates: September 4-6; October 16-18; December 4-6; February 5-7, 2013; April 9-11, 2013 and May 22-24, 2013.
The ACT assesses high school students’ general education development and their ability to finish college-level work. The test is multiple-choice and covers four skill areas – English, mathematics, reading and science. There is also an optional writing test that measures planning skills. ACT exam dates are September 8, October 27, December 8, February 9, 2013, April 13, 2013 and June 8, 2013.
Students interested in taking the ACT can pick up registration packets in the counselor’s office and submit the completed forms to ACT by various deadlines for the desired ACT test date. Students may also register online by going to www.actstudent.org
There are two fees, $35 for the regular ACT and $50.50 for the ACT with the writing test. Students who cannot afford to pay the registration fees may be eligible for an ACT fee waiver. These students should consult with their high school counselor for fee waiver eligibility requirements.
The District will reimburse one ACT fee for each student who is ineligible for a fee waiver during the student’s senior year. To receive reimbursement, students must complete a six-hour ACT Workshop or the ACT Prep class. Students must sign up for the workshop in the school’s guidance office and the following documentation is needed for reimbursement:
- Proof of enrollment in ACT Prep class or complete an ACT Workshop (six-hour minimum) for each ACT fee reimbursement. ACT teachers will submit attendance to the guidance offices.
- ACT scores – College Board sends scores to the guidance offices.
High schools use ACT results in academic advising and counseling, to identify students who need extra help in certain subject areas and to plan changes and improvements in the curriculum. Colleges use ACT results in admission decisions, course placement, academic advising and to disburse scholarships and loans. Students are encouraged to check with their high school counseling office for updated ACT workshop dates.