Standardized Assessments are a way to measure a student's academic progress at both a local and national level. This information is valuable for academic planning and intervention, as well as career planning.
A score (1 to 36) is given for each test (English, Math, Reading, and Science); these are also averaged for a composite ACT score. A superscore is calculated after a second ACT test is taken and recalculated after each subsequent test. The superscore is calculated by using the best subtest score from each subsection. Visit www.ACT.org for detailed information.
When should I take the ACT?
Juniors are offered the opportunity to take the ACT at school in the fall of their junior year. This ACT score should be used as a baseline to improve scores in future ACT tests. There are seven available ACT test dates throughout the school year. Students can register for a national test at www.ACT.org.
How can I prepare?
Practice tests are available in the Counseling Office. Please see your Borgia Counselor for additional resources. Students may additionally take the Standardized Testing and Review Strategies (STARS) class in their junior or senior year.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.4 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. To participate in this competition, a student must take the PSAT during their Junior year of high school. It is highly recommended that students take the PSAT test during their sophomore year to increase their familiarity and skills for the PSAT.
Many colleges have an admissions pathway that allows the student to apply for admission without the use of an ACT or SAT. Test optional policies and procedures can be found on the college admissions page.
All students are given assessments based on grade level