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American College Testing Service Assessment (ACT and ACT+) measures educational development in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. This assessment measures skills necessary for success in post secondary educational settings, including students’ reasoning abilities and knowledge of subject matter fields. 

Although all Saturday ACT tests are optional, many post secondary institutions require the test. ACT offers an optional 40-minute writing test (ACT+).  

John Hersey High School will not be offering a paid ACT exam for Juniors this 2020-21 school year. It will be up to the student to register for a national ACT test date. Students may stop by the Assessment Center to inquire about any fee-waivers and accommodations information.

Any JHHS Students who receive test accommodations as part of their IEP or 504 Plan should contact their counselor or case manager at least 6 weeks prior to registration to complete the required documentation.  ALL accommodation requests will be made by the students counselor or case manager.

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**VERY important!** John Hersey High School Test Center Code is 195320. Our High School Code is 140097.

For additional information on National ACT test dates and registration, please visit

ACT Test Day Checklist

  1. You need BOTH a printed copy of your ticket AND acceptable photo ID to test.
  2. Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time listed on your ACT Admission Ticket (7:45AM). You will NOT be admitted to test if you are late. Testing starts promptly at 8:00AM.
  3. Bring a printed copy of your ticket with your picture to the test center. You will NOT be admitted to test if you do not have a printed copy of your ticket with your picture. 
  4. Bring acceptable photo identification. You will NOT be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT’s requirements.
  5. Testing staff will check your photo ID and ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.
  6. Be ready to begin testing after all examinees present at 8:00AM are checked in and seated.
  7. Please note that ACT may visit test centers to conduct enhanced test security procedures including, but not limited to, collecting images of examinees during check-in or other security activities on test day.
  8. Do not engage in any prohibited behavior at the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
  9. Note: For National and International Testing, you will be asked to sign a statement on the front cover of your test booklet agreeing to this policy.
  10. Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a Test Date Change, even if you do not complete all your tests.
  11. You may use a permitted calculator on the Mathematics Test only. Some models and features are prohibited. You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted and bringing it to the test center.

The following rules also apply to using your calculator:

  1. you may use it only during the Mathematics Test;
  2. you may use your backup calculator only after it has been checked by a member of the testing staff;
  3. you may not share your calculator; and
  4. you may not store test materials in your calculator's memory

If your calculator has characters one inch high or larger, or a raised display, testing staff may seat you where no other examinee can see your calculator.

A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will NOT be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not eat or drink anything in the test room. (If you take the ACT Plus Writing, you will have time before the Writing Test to relax and sharpen your pencils.)

Students taking the ACT (No Writing) with standard time are normally dismissed about 11:30AM; students taking the ACT Plus Writing are normally dismissed about 12:15PM.

If you do not complete all your tests for any reason, tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document scored before you leave the test center. If you do not, all tests attempted will be scored.


ACT Home Page

Register online for the ACT.  You'll need your credit card.  Plan to spend an hour registering.

Standby Testing is an option if you've missed the late registration deadline.

ACT Fees

Does my college of choice require the writing portion of the ACT?

Request Score Reports

ACT Special Accommodations Information

See your counselor for the forms required if you are entitled to accommodations.

ACT Test Prep

John Hersey High School WILL NOT be offering ACT prep classes in the 2020-2021 school year.

Permitted Calculators

You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list.
For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.

Prohibited Calculators

The following types of calculators are PROHIBITED:

  • Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems. Prohibited calculators in this category include:
    • Texas Instruments:
      • All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 and the TI-Nspire CAS. Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.
    • Hewlett-Packard:
      • HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
    • Casio:
      • Algebra fx 2.0,  ClassPad 300 and ClassPad 330, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G
  • Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
  • Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices
  • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.

Calculators Permitted with Modification

The following types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

  • Calculators with paper tape — Remove the tape.
  • Calculators that make noise — Turn off the sound.
  • Calculators with an infrared data port — Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electrician's tape. (This includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).
  • Calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.