Why is the ACT Important?


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                                                    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


    The ACT is a nationally-recognized test that assesses a student’s likelihood of succeeding in college-level courses.  If you intend to go to a college or university, the ACT may be the most important test you will take as a high school student.  Students who perform well on the ACT are more likely to be admitted into selective universities and more likely to receive significant scholarship money in Arizona and nationwide.  While students typically choose whether to pay $56 to take the ACT, the Peoria Unified School District and Centennial High School offer the ACT for free to all juniors!


    Click the links below to access the handouts students received on February 17th & 18th during 2nd hour class. 


    All Virtual students can stop by our Main Office to pick up their "Prepare for the ACT Test" information. 


    Presentation to Families *

    Handout for Juniors

    Handout for Sophomores

    Get to Know the ACT

    ACT, Practice Test, Tutoring, Etc.

    Pre-ACT Date Options


Preparing for the ACT

  • Sophomores: Take the Pre-ACT

    Saturday, March 6th

    Online RSVP Due by Wednesday, March 3rd

    9:00 AM


    More than 200 Centennial sophomores have registered to complete the Pre-ACT.  The test was originally scheduled for a school day, but due to AzMERIT testing, the Pre-ACT will be available on Saturday, March 6th. The Pre-ACT will familiarize sophomores with the content, difficulty, and format of the actual ACT.  Evidence indicates that sophomores who complete the Pre-ACT achieve higher ACT scores one year later as juniors.  The ACT is required for all juniors; the Pre-ACT is optional for sophomores.  While the ACT is free for juniors, the Pre-ACT costs $14.

    Sophomores can click here to RSVP online. (Students’ PUSD Login and Password Required)



    Juniors: Attend After-School Tutoring Sessions

    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

    March 8th to April 2nd (No Sessions During Spreak Break)

    2:30 – 3:30 PM




    Mr. O'Neill

    (Room 203)


    English & Reading

    Mr. Gibbs

    (Room 504)



    Ms. Kroner

    (Room 200)



    Juniors: Register for a Free Full-Length Practice Test

    Saturday, March 6th

    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM



    Bring your copy of the “Preparing for the ACT” booklet and two sharpened pencils.  We will offer you a quiet environment to complete the entire practice test, just like you will on April 8th.  We will grade your practice test together so that you leave understanding your strengths and the areas that you need to work on ahead of the real test on April 8th!  Juniors can click here to RSVP online. (Students’ PUSD Login and Password Required)



    Sophomores and Juniors: Take More Practice Tests Online

    The ACT’s website offers full online practice tests that simulate what students will experience when they complete the actual ACT online at Centennial.  Try these out for yourself:








    * Centennial does not offer the Writing portion of the ACT.  None of Arizona’s instate universities require it.  If the educational institution you plan to attend requires the ACT Writing portion, you will need to make arrangements to register and pay for an off-campus ACT test by clicking here.