What is the ACT?

The ACT is a national college admission exam that measures what a student has learned in high school in order to determine their academic readiness for college. The ACT contains multiple-choice questions covering four academic skill areas - English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is an optional writing test that does not affect the student's composite score.

Who takes the ACT?

Students may take the ACT in high school.

TPS students are not automatically registered for the ACT. Students are responsible for registering and paying for the exam by specified ACT deadlines (scroll down page to find the Test Dates section and deadlines).

How is the ACT administered?

  • The ACT is a paper/pencil exam offered 7 times a year (on Saturdays).
  • Foss, Lincoln, Mt Tahoma, and Stadium High Schools are national test centers.
    • Students at these schools are not automatically registered for the ACT.
  • TPS students may register to take the ACT at any national test center location.

How much does it cost to take the ACT?

TPS students are responsible for paying the ACT exam fee.  

  • ​OSPI Fee Vouchers are no longer offered for the ACT. They are only available to eligible students in the Class of 2019 and prior who are using a college admission exam score to fulfill graduation requirements. (Scroll to the Fee Vouchers section here for details).
  • ACT Fee Waivers may be available to some students. Students should work with their school counselor to determine if they qualify and how to apply.

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