ACT Test Dates/Registration Deadline
- September 8, 2018; August 12 registration; late fee August 13-26
- October 27, 2018; September 28; late fee September 29-October 14
- December 8, 2018; November 2; late fee November 3-19
- February 9. 2019; January 11; late fee January 12-18
- April 13, 2019; March 8; late fee March 9-25
- June 8, 2019; May 3; late fee May 4-20
- July 12, 2019; June 14; late fee June 15-24
- ACT: $49.50
- ACT with writing: $56.50
Community Service and Leadership
Participating in community service and leadership activities can be beneficial. Students who get involved can expect possible rewards for their extracurricular work, including: work and life experiences, connections, and a broader worldview. Many scholarships are starting to emphasize service and leadership participation. The donors/corporations are seeking to award money to students who have been active and reliable at school and community. They want to reward students who are willing to work and make the world a better place. Documentation should begin at the start of the student's freshman year.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject areas tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science. Writing can also be requested. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately three hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break. Chase County USD 284 will reimburse the test cost one time. Also, waivers are available for students who qualify.
The PSAT is offered to all sophomores and juniors and currently costs $15. The test gives all students an opportunity to experience taking a college readiness test and to identify students who might benefit from advanced coursework. Even if your child has not yet decided to attend college, the PSAT will be a valuable experience in helping decide his/her future plans. Resources that will be available include:
- A list of personalized careers and potential college majors based upon the preferences indicated on the PSAT
- Access to MyRoad, the College Board's interactive college and career planning website.
- MY COLLEGE QUICK START, a personalized interactive planning program based upon the individual student's test results.
- An online score report including projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the ability to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type.
By taking the PSAT in the 11th grade, all students will have the opportunity to qualify for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The PSAT is normally administered in the fall and scores usually arrive at school prior to Christmas.
ACT ASPIRE is an assessment that measures academic achievement in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing. It is aligned to the ACT readiness standards; making scores meaningful by connecting your child's score to specific skills and knowledge that are important for success in college and the workplace. The ACT ASPIRE student report shows your child's strengths and weaknesses in the five subject areas. Scores will fall into one of three readiness levels: Ready, Close, or in Need of Support. Students scoring in the Ready category are considered on target for college and career readiness. Students scoring in the Close or In Need of Support category may need additional help to reach their goal of being ready for college or the workplace. Additionally, you can see how your child's scores compare to those of other students who have taken the ACT ASPIRE. All Chase County 8th and 10th grade students take this test. It is paid for by USD #284 and usually is administered in the spring.
Your child's decision to enter college, technical college, military service, or the work place after high school is an important one. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes eight individual tests covering verbal and math skills, mechanical knowledge, electronics, and several other areas. It also produces information that will help the student identify work-related interests regarding careers. ASVAB participants are not under any obligation to the Military as a result of taking the ASVAB. But juniors or seniors can use their scores from the ASVAB to enlist in the Military after graduation. However, many students take the ASVAB for career exploration and have no interest in Military occupations. Chase County offers this testing. It is administered by the military representative and is of no cost. Results usually arrive back to the school in two to three weeks.