Statewide Junior ACT Information
What: Statewide Junior ACT on TestNav (Online)
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Where: BHS 8:30 am to approximately 12:30 pm
Why: ACT is a graduation requirement.
Register: All 11th grade BHS students will be automatically registered for the Statewide Junior ACT. Juniors will create a MyACT Account for the State ACT.
How to Create a MyACT Account for State Testing: Once ACT has released the platform for use, Juniors will receive instructions on how to create/connect a MyACT account to the code provided by the State of Tennessee during FLEX (Advisory), Class of 2025 Canvas Page, and Parent Square. Link to MyACT Creation/Migration Instructions .
What to bring:
- Fully Charged KCS Issued Chromebook
- Chromebook Charger
- 2 pencils
- A photo id
- An acceptable calculator. Know whether your calculator is permitted? Check ACT Calculator Link or call 1-800-496-4681 for the most up to date recording.
- The Digital Testing Platform will have a Desmos Calculator embedded. If you are not comfortable with this type of calculator, please bring a handheld one.
Tips for having a successful test:
- Leave your phone in your car, locker or at home (your test will get nullified if it goes off in the testing room)
- Go to bed early, Get plenty of rest
- Eat breakfast that morning preferably with protein. Don’t go crazy on caffeine and sugar.
- Bring a watch but not a fancy one like apple watch or one that makes noise that could nullify your test too.
- Pack your bag Don’t forget your ACT essentials the night before the test: photo ID, pencils, calculator, snacks, and a watch!
- Don’t forget batteries for your calculator.
- Wear comfortable clothes
Helpful ACT Prep Information: Click Here
Preparing for the ACT - Link
Preparing to Take the ACT Online (Digital Platform)
Beginning Fall 2023, all school day testing (both ACT Senior Retake and Junior In School ACT) provided by the State of Tennessee will be online via TestNav (Digital Platform).
Students are familiar with the TestNav Platform. It is the same application used for State End of Course Testing.
ACT has developed a guide to help students prepare for taking the ACT Online taken in TestNav. This guide also provides a complete online ACT practice test.
Statewide ACT Questions & Answers
- Which law requires students to take the ACT/SAT in the 11th grade year? Per state law, T.C.A. § 49-6-6001, effective July 1, 2007, “every public school student shall take an examination at grade eleven (11). This assessment shall be approved by the commissioner of education and provide information to assist in developing interventions for the purpose of improving student preparation for postsecondary achievement.” The commissioner of education has designated the ACT and SAT as qualified assessments for this purpose.
- Is the ACT a graduation requirement? Yes, the ACT or SAT is required for students receiving a regular high school diploma who were enrolled in a Tennessee public school in their junior year per the Tennessee State Board of Education’s high school policy.
- Can an eligible student register for the ACT with writing as part of this initiative? No, students who need to take the writing portion of the ACT should register for a national ACT testing date. Information on ACT national testing can be found here.
- How will student scores be reported? Students will receive a physical score report from ACT, Inc. three to eight weeks after testing. Student scores will also be loaded into the Students' MyACT Account. ACT will notify the student when scores are available.
- What if a qualifying student wants to retake the ACT but is absent on the date that we offer the test? Students who miss the test date at their school will need to retake the exam on a national test date at their own expense or by using an ACT fee waiver. Students who meet the requirements to be considered economically disadvantaged are eligible for up to two fee waivers from ACT, Inc. These fee waivers can be used to register for the ACT on any national test date. The department will no longer offer districts or students vouchers to test on national test dates.
- Can seniors take the ACT for the first time through the ACT Senior Retake Opportunity? All students receiving a regular diploma in the state of Tennessee are expected to participate in spring state day ACT testing in their junior year. The intent of the retake is to offer an additional opportunity to all students who tested as juniors. If a senior has yet to take the ACT, however, it is permissible for the student to participate in the October test administration.
Please note: Juniors and underclassmen are not permitted to participate in the October test administration.
Juniors and seniors who are considered economically disadvantaged may request up to two fee waivers to take the ACT on a national test date at no cost to them. For information on ACT fee waivers, visit the BHS College and Career Center.