Why is the ACT Important?
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 during the February 24th class presentations, as well as the PowerPoint Mr. Hollabaugh shared with families:
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 7th or Friday, April 24th
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 either Saturday, March 7th or Friday, April 24th. 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.
Juniors: Attend After-School Tutoring Sessions
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
March 3rd to April 2nd (No Sessions During Spreak Break)
2:30 – 3:30 PM
English & Reading
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, March 7th
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.