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College Entrance Exams

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The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading and Science. The ACT plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30 minute writing test. results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Many college and scholarship agencies recommend that students take the ACT during the spring of their junior year. By this time, students typically have completed most of the coursework covered by the ACT. Application packets, as well as, booklets to help you prepare for the ACT are available in the guidance office. Students can also
register online.


The COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. COMPASS offers tests in reading, writing, math, writing essay, and English as a Second Language (ESL). You will receive your results immediately upon completion of testing and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register. DMACCC requires an assessment of all new full-time students. If students do not score a 19 or above on their ACT test, students are recommended/required to take the COMPASS test for
admission into DMACC.


The Plan program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.


The SAT is a college admissions test that tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admissions decisions. Students can register online or stop by the guidance office and pick up a registration packet along with SAT test preparation booklets.