HIDOE makes the ACT with writing available for grade 11 to measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans. The exam is optional. The ACT Aspire exams for grades 8-10 have been eliminated from the Hawai‘i DOE testing portfolio.

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​​​​​​​​ACT with Writing: Grade 11

The ACT is a curriculum-based examination that can provide helpful information for all students, not just those who are planning to attend college. In the Hawai‘i DOE's testing portfolio, the grade 11 ACT is optional. (ACT Aspire tests for grades 8-10 have been eliminated in school year 2017-18.)

Taking the ACT can give every student a measure of his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, and can be used for college entrance. Students may use their results to recognize their academic strengths and areas where they need to improve, whether they intend to go to college or enter the workplace after high school. The ACT also consist of a 45-60 minute pretest section that is administered to students on a day prior to the initial test date. The pretest session includes a series of questions related to a student's work in high school, college and occupational interests, and future plans. The total test time for the four tests with the Writing Test is 215 minutes or 3 hours 35 minutes. There is a 15 minute break between Test 2 and Test 3 and a 5 minute break before the start of the Writing Test.

  • Test 1 (English): 45 minutes
  • Test 2 (Math): 60 minutes
  • Test 3 (Reading): 35 minutes
  • Test 4 (Science): 35 minutes
  • Writing Test (1 prompt): 40 minutes

Students w​ith special needs
Students who are IDEA- and Section 504-eligible may receive accommodations for the ACT exam at the discretion of the appropriate personnel at each school. Listed below are a few types of accommodations available for student use.

  • Regular type:  A test booklet printed in a 10-point font.
  • Large type test booklet:  A test booklet printed in an 18-point font.
  • Large type answer sheet:  An answer sheet printed in an 18-point font. Testing staff to transfer the responses to a regular type answer document to be scanned and scored.
  • Braille:  A test booklet that contains braille and tactile graphics.
  • Reader's script:  A script of the test booklet (includes examinee directions from the test booklet, reading passages, and test items) for the reader to read aloud to one examinee.
  • Audio DVD:  Audio (no video) of the test booklet equivalent to the reader's script.
  • A Scribe to record student responses on answer sheet (must be in a separate room)
  • Additional breaks with standard time (must test in a separate room)
  • Separate test sessions
  • Testing over multiple days
  • Extended time to complete each test
  • A sign language interpreter to sign instructions, test items and response choices (must use Reader’s Script test individually in a separate room)

Contact Information

Bruce Hirotsu

Phone: 808-733-4100 ext. 227


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