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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 2022-2023: $63 (no writing) and $88 (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 8/9 is given to all 9th graders on Testing Day, October 12, 2022.
Practice ACT is given to all 10th and 11th graders on Testing Day, October 12, 2022.
ACT (official one) is given to all 11th graders on February 28, 2023.
Work Keys is given to all interested 11th graders on Testing Day, October 12, 2022.
Registration is done through the counseling office. All tests begin at 8 AM.
2022-2023 ACT Test Dates                            

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Estimated Score Release

September 10, 2022

August 5, 2022

August 19, 2022

September 20, 2022

October 22, 2022

September 16, 2022

September 30, 2022

November 1, 2022

December 10, 2022

November 4, 2022

November 11, 2022

December 20, 2022

February 11, 2023

January 6, 2023

January 20, 2023

February 21, 2023

April 15, 2023

March 10, 2023

March 24, 2023

April 25, 2023

June 10, 2023

May 5, 2023

May 19, 2023

June 20, 2023

July 15, 2023*

June 16, 2023

June 23, 2023

July 25, 2023

***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 27, 2022

July 29, 2022

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

October 1, 2022

September 2, 2022

September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022

November 5, 2022

October 7, 2022

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

December 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

November 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

March 11, 2023

February 10, 2023

February 28, 2023

February 28, 2023

May 6, 2023

April 7, 2023

April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023

June 3, 2023

May 4, 2023

May 23, 2023

May 23, 2023

Score Release Dates

Find out when scores will be released.

Test-Prep Information/Opportunities:

PowerPrep ACT Prep: 2022-23 Dates are October 13.  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