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If you are college-bound, you will need to take a placement test to determine whether or not your math, reading, and/or science skills are at college-level. The following descriptions provide information on which placement test you should take, depending upon which college you plan on attending.

The ACT (American College Test) is used for four-year colleges in the central United States as part of the criteria for acceptance. Registration packets and practice booklets are available in the Career Center. Online registration is at www.actstudent.org.  There is a fee and a deadline for registering. We recommend that students take the test with the writing option if they are unsure of what college they are attending, or that they check with the college to see if they require the writing option. CIHS is a site location for one test date in April. All other test dates are held at various other locations, as specified in the packet or online. Most four-year colleges use the ACT college test score as a criteria for acceptance, and most require a minimum of 18 out of a 36. Students on District 911's Free or Reduced Lunch Program qualify for ACT fee waivers. See your Career Advisor for more information.

*Make sure to indicate on your ACT online registration where you would like your test scores sent (you can send your scores to four different schools for no additional cost when registering). After you take the test, there is a $12.00 fee each time you send your test scores to a college.*

The Accuplacer is typically used for most Minnesota career, technical, and community colleges. The exam is taken at the college and is free. Students may need to schedule the exam day and time in advance. The results are available immediately upon completion of the exam.

2015-2016 ACT Test Dates

Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration (Late Fee Required)
September 12, 2015
August 7, 2015
August 8-21, 2015
October 24, 2015
September 18, 2015
September 19-October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015
November 6, 2015
November 7-20, 2015
February 6, 2016
January 8, 2016
January 9-15, 2016
April 9, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 5-18, 2016
June 11, 2016
May 6, 2016
May 7-20, 2016

 Last Modified: 12 November,2015