If students are planning on applying
to a 4 year college or university, they must take a college entrance exam – the
ACT or the SAT.
AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT)
The college entrance exam the
majority of HHS students take is the ACT (American College Test). This test is
required by most colleges and universities in the Midwest. The ACT is offered
at HHS in September. HHS students are not guaranteed a spot at the HHS test
site. All registration is done through ACT and placement is based on space
available at the time you register.
REGISTER EARLY! The test is also
offered at several other locations including Inver Hills CC, Red Wing and
Cannon Falls High Schools, and UW-River Falls. We do encourage students to
register for the ACT Plus Writing option (as opposed to Multiple Choice Only).
Registration is done online at
www.actstudent.org. The registration process is lengthy and will take some time
to complete (including uploading a photograph). In the section that requests
information regarding your grades, it is acceptable to
"guesstimate." Your high
school code is 241050, and the Hastings High School test center code is
After you submit your registration,
ACT will send you confirmation of your registration. Bring your admission
ticket, an ACT approved calculator and #2 pencils with you on the day of the
test. The test starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
Attention parents of
the class of 2016:
In 2014-15, all Minnesota high
school juniors will begin taking the ACT, free of charge, under new
graduation requirements approved by the 2013 state legislature.
this mean for your student?
It means all juniors
will take the ACT on Tuesday April 28th, 2015 DURING the school
day. Students do NOT need to register or pay to take the test on their
students do now?
Prepare for the test! Not only does taking this test meet the
state requirement, but it is also one of the factors colleges and
universities use to determine admission.
How students do on this test matters!
HHS has a fantastic test prep tool on Family Connection called
PrepMe. Just like the test, it is FREE
of charge. Designed to help students
meet their achievement targets, PrepMe’s web-based test prep system begins
with an initial diagnostic test to assess strengths and areas for
improvement. The results combine with the student’s upcoming test date to
create a personalized weekly schedule, which includes interactive lessons,
practice quizzes, and intermittent full-length tests. With PrepMe, students
study smarter, not harder. Encourage
your student to log on to Family Connection and start his/her PrepMe
SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT)
The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
is the test most people mistakenly believe is required for college. The acronym SAT has become synonymous with
college admission. However, most of our students do not need to take the SAT.
It is the “test of choice” for certain private schools in the Midwest, but most
will also accept the ACT. It is specifically required by some schools on the
east and west coasts. The SAT and ACT have different structures, content, and
scoring mechanisms. The SAT is not administered at Hastings High School;
however, there are many SAT testing sites in the metro area. Students can
register for the SAT online at www.collegeboard.com.
SAT II SUBJECT TESTS
If you are going to apply to a
college or university that is fairly competitive in its admissions, chances are
they require applicants to submit scores from three SAT II Subject Test
examinations. There are subject tests in Chemistry, Writing, Math, German,
Biology, Physics, and Music. Most competitive schools want to see Writing, Math
(Level I or II), and a third from another area (usually a science). Subject
Tests are only 60 minutes in length. They are given on the same days as the SAT
and you can take up to three Subject Tests on the same day. You cannot,
however, take both the Subject Tests and the SAT I on the same day.