Why is the ACT Important?

  • Dr. Sorensen, Mrs. Steele, and Mr. Hollabaugh offered Coyote families an informative presentation about the ACT and Pre-ACT, why they're important, how the ACT is scored, and how it impacts college admission and scholarship opportunities.


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    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!

Preparing for the ACT

  • Sophomores: Take the Pre-ACT

    Wednesday, February 20th

    7:15 AM


    This year, Centennial sophomores will be able to complete the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:15 AM, the same morning that juniors take the regular ACT.  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 $13.  Click here for more information and Pre-ACT registration and payment instructions.



    Juniors: Attend After-School Tutoring Sessions

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

    January 15th – February 14th

    2:30 – 3:30 PM




    Mr. Gahan

    (Room 201)


    English & Reading

    Mrs. Gahan

    (Room 314)



    Mrs. Girmscheid

    (Room 226)


    Juniors who are unable to attend the tutoring sessions can download the resources online!  Simply click here to login to Office365 and join the ACT Prep - Spring 2019 group in Microsoft Teams.  The join code is o6wd1si.



    Juniors: Register for a Free Full-Length Practice Test

    Saturday, January 26th

    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 February 20th.  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 February 20th!  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.