ACT Exam

  • Date: February 21, 2023 (all Juniors)

    Who takes the ACT Exam? The ACT College Admissions Assessment is given to all students in the 11th grade.  No registration is necessary.

    What is the ACT Exam?

    The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

    The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

    ACT Test Prep - Practice for each subject!

    ACT NC Juniors Letter


    The State Board of Education is required by General Statute §115C-174.11 (c)(4), to plan for and require the administration of the ACT test to all public school students who are enrolled in the eleventh grade for the first time. Your student will take the statewide ACT free of charge in Spring 2022 (date to be announced) at Athens Drive Magnet High School.

    The ACT is part of North Carolina’s school accountability program. In addition, the ACT results may be used at the high school level to identify students who need assistance with certain subject areas or academic skills, evaluate the effectiveness of instruction, and adjust the curriculum to improve instruction. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions decisions, course placement, academic advising, and loans and scholarships. Students participating in the statewide ACT administration can select for free up to four colleges (or other reporting agencies) to receive their ACT scores.