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"The best having a good solid foundation in school and working your hardest in class."

Like it or not, college entrance exams play a very important part in the whole college entrance experience. There are two college entrance exams - the SAT and the ACT. Deciding which one to take is something that should be researched and discussed with your counselor.

Much is made of prep courses. The best preparation for entrance exams is having a good solid foundation in school and working your hardest in class. Aside from that, the best thing a student can do to help him or herself is not to go into a test cold. Understand what it looks like, know what the time allowed feels like and feel as comfortable as possible. With that in mind, students should take a few practice tests under conditions that are as similar to the test as possible. Each test is given Saturday mornings at 8AM - so get up one Saturday and take a full (almost 4 hour) practice test. See what it is like, how tired you get, and how hard it is to concentrate. It is strongly recommended students buy an ACT or SAT practice book from a bookstore that has a few, full practice tests in them.

The school does help students do prep work for these tests. Math and English teachers include prep work in their everyday lessons. We also offer prep sessions each semester for students to prepare for the ACT. Students at ACHS take practice tests which will give the students a good prediction of what they would score on the actual ACT or SAT. The PSAT test not only serves as a practice test, but is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. We believe this program of giving students exposure to these tests at various levels has helped our students achieve well.

We recommend students taking the ACT their junior year (typically by the December test date). Sophomores are welcome to take the ACT but we encourage them to wait until the second semester of their sophomore year. This allows them to gain more knowledge from their classes. 


Our school CEEB code for applications/testing information is



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ACT Website (registration, test prep, and other information)
Fees for 2021-2021: $60 (no writing) and $85 (with writing)—Fee waivers are available to those who qualify. Please see your counselor for a fee waiver form.
Do I need the ACT w/Writing? Some colleges require the writing portion of the ACT. Make sure you do your research to know if your potential school(s) require the writing portion for admission. Kansas colleges do not require the writing portion for admission
FREE ACT-related Tests Provided at ACHS:
Pre-ACT is given to all 9th and 10th graders on Testing Day, October 13, 2021.
Practice ACT is given to all 11th graders on Testing Day, October 13, 2021.
ACT (official one) is given to all 11th graders on March 1, 2022.
Work Keys is given to all interested 11th graders on Testing Day, October 13, 2021.
Registration is done through the counseling office. All tests begin at 8 AM.
2021-2022 ACT Test Dates                            

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Estimated Score Release

September 11, 2021

August 6, 2021

August 20, 2021

September 27-November 5, 2021

October 23, 2021

September 17, 2021

October 1, 2021

November 9-December 30, 2021

December 11, 2021

November 5, 2021

November 19, 2021

December 21, 2021-February 4, 2022

February 12, 2022

January 7, 2022

January 21, 2022

February 25-April 7, 2022

April 2, 2022

February 25, 2022

March 11, 2022

April 12-June 23, 2022

June 11, 2022

May 6, 2022

May 20, 2022

June 21-August 5, 2022

July 16, 2022*

June 17, 2022

June 24, 2022

July 26-September 9,

***There is a Test Information Release Service (TIR) available to purchase for the December, April, and June test dates. The cost is $30, and students will receive a copy of the test booklet, a list of the answers and answer key. This is a great tool to use to help study for future tests because they are able to review the actual test questions from the test. Students are able to purchase this when they are registering for the test on the ACT website. 

2021-2022 SAT Test DatesAT Date

SAT Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline (for registrations made online or by phone)

Deadline for Changes

August 28, 2021

July 30, 2021

August 17, 2021

August 17, 2021

October 2, 2021

September 3, 2021

September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

November 6, 2021

October 8, 2021

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

December 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021

March 12, 2022

February 11, 2022

March 1, 2022

March 1, 2022

May 7, 2022

April 8, 2022

April 26, 2022

April 26, 2022

June 4, 2022

May 5, 2022

May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

Score Release Dates

Find out when scores will be released.

Test-Prep Information/Opportunities:

PowerPrep ACT Prep: 2021-22 Dates are September 27, February 18 and June 3.  Please use the link below to register!

Seminar Test Preps- We will update the page as soon as information is provided to us!

Wichita State University ACT Prep Workshops: Click HERE to learn more. 


Online Test-Prep Links

ACT Academy (free)

ACT Prep from (free and fee based programs)

      Students who are eligible for fee waivers can also receive ACT Online Prep for free.

SAT Prep from

PSAT information and practice test

Khan Academy  (PSAT/SAT)

Method Test Prep

Chegg Test Prep