College Entrance Exams
The ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) are the two major college entrance exams. Nationally, most schools will accept scores from either the ACT or SAT. The UW System and the Wisconsin Private Colleges recommend the ACT and the majority of Wisconsin System-bound students take the ACT. Many students plan to take it in the spring of their Junior year in order for their scores to be back before they need to apply to their post-secondary school the fall of their Senior year. By taking it in the spring, there will also be enough time available to retake the test if a student feels that they did not test as well as they should have and would like to test again. Students can retake the ACT as many times as they wish although they must pay each time it is taken. Colleges will usually accept the "best score" obtained.
Packets for ACT test registration are available in the Guidance Office or you can apply online at www.actstudent.org. We have free paper and pencil practice tests available for practice in the Guidance Office. There is also free online test prep at www.knowhow2gowisconsin.org and www.privatecollegezone.org. Research shows that students who complete practice tests score higher than if they do not. Only UW-Madison currently requires the writing portion of the ACT for admittance. Students should also do some preliminary research on potential school, because they are allowed to list four schools that they would like the scores sent to. These four schools receive the ACT scores at no charge. If the score needs to be sent to a different school at a later time, there wil be a small fee.
Almond-Bancroft's School Code for either test is: 500-030.