ACT

HIDOE makes the ACT College and Career Readiness System available for 8th through 11th graders to monitor and measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans. The tests for grades 8, 9 and 10 are optional, grade 11 is mandatory, and provides a free college entrance exam for all students.

​​​ACT results

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​​Testing window (2016-1​​7)


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Grade(s)

Mode

Testing Window

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ACT Aspire

English
Mathematics
Reading
Science

8, 9 & 10

(optional)

Paper/Pencil

and Online

02/28/17 

(Includes Multi-track Middle Schools)

03/31/17 

(Includes Multi-track Middle Schools)

The ACT

English
Mathematics
Reading
Science
Writing

11

(required)

Online

02/28/17

03/14/17

Paper/Pencil

Administration Date:

02/28/17

Make Up Testing Date:

03/14/17*​

​*subject to change

​​​​​​​​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. The grade 11 ACT is mandatory, and provides each student with a free college entrance exam whereby scores may be sent to colleges based on each student's preference. 

Taking the ACT can give every student a measure of his or her academic strengths and weaknesses. 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 these ACT exams 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)

ACT Aspire: Grades 8, 9 and 10

ACT Aspire scores reflect the knowledge and skills students develop over time—across grades—and link these results to readiness for college and career, providing an evolving picture of student growth. ​These tests are optional. The Aspire Assessment can be administered in one session or over multiple days within the testing window. The exam times for each grade level are listed below. 

  • English (Grade 8: 40 minutes; Grades 9-10: 45 minutes)
  • Mathematics (Grades 8-10: 75 minutes)
  • Reading (Grades 8-10: 65 minutes)
  • Science (Grades 8-10: 60 minutes)
  • Writing, optional with one prompt (Grades 8-10: 40 minutes)
Students with special needs

Students who are IDEA- and Section 504-eligible may receive accommodations for the ACT Aspire exams at the discretion of the appropriate personnel at each school. Listed below are a few types of accommodations available for student use.

  • Text-to-speech
  • Word-to-word dictionary
  • Human reader
  • Translated test directions
  • Braille and tactile graphics
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Abacus, locally provided
  • Extra time
  • Breaks​


Contact Information

Kuaana Lewis

Phone: 808-733-4100 ext. 227

Email: Kuaanaai_Lewis@hawaiidoe.org

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