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Preparing students, parents, and school board/staff for the ACT

NOTE TO DISTRICTS: Please feel free to share the following message with your stakeholders by email or in newsletters or blogs. Edits are welcome as you see fit. 

Text for students:

Dear Students,

Next [insert day of week], [insert test date], you’ll get a chance to take the ACT test here at school. This is your chance to take the test in a familiar and less-stressful environment, complete a big part of the college application process, and find out more about your path after high school.

If college is in your future, the ACT can help you qualify for scholarships, find financial aid, choose a major, and figure out what you need to do before graduation. If you’re thinking about going straight to the workforce, your test results can help you decide what career paths are best for you.

Here are some things to remember before [insert day of week]:

  • Bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils with good erasers.
  • Bring an ACTapproved calculator (see link below for more information).
  • Get plenty of sleep [insert day of week] night.
  • To increase your brain power, eat a healthy breakfast [insert day of week] morning.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Leave your cell phone in your locker.

Go to the ACT general test tips page for more information.

Remember, you’ve got this! Best of luck!

Regards,

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Text for parents:

Dear Parents,

Next [insert day of week], [insert test date], your student will take the ACT test in school. This exciting opportunity gives our students a chance to measure their readiness for life after high school, whether they’re going to college or into the workforce.

We hope your students have a positive experience with the test. Here are some quick reminders to give your student before [insert day of week]:

  • Bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils with good erasers.
  • Bring an ACT-approved calculator (see link below for more information).
  • Get plenty of sleep [insert day of week] night.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast [insert day of week] morning.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Leave the cell phone in his or her locker.

Finally, remind your student why taking the ACT matters: it can help them get into college; it gives them information on careers they might enjoy; and their scores can lead to scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Go to the ACT general test tips page for more information.

Our district is excited to give this opportunity to your students. Best of luck!

Regards,

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Text for staff:

Dear School Board,

I wanted to reach out to remind you that all juniors in our district will be taking the ACT test in school through ACT District testing beginning on [insert day of week], [insert test date]. Thank you for your support of this opportunity for all juniors to take the ACT and earn a college reportable score at no cost to their family.

Some of the benefits for our students are:

  • Equal opportunity for all students to assess their level of college readiness in a familiar environment
  • Test on what they’ve learned in their high school core classes
  • Use for financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Receive personalized information to explore future college and career decisions

Our districts will also see many benefits including:

  • Establish student performance baselines
  • Receive information on all students’ academic achievements and college readiness levels
  • Use data to make informed curriculum decisions and to advise students

Thank you again for supporting this program for our students. We look forward to sharing the results with you after the test!

Best regards,

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