College Entrance Exams

The following are all of the emails sent to students regarding the ACT ACCUPLACER AND ASVAB. Emails were sent to students based on what test they chose to take.

March 1, 2021

Just a reminder - All juniors who are taking the ACT, ACCUPLACER or ASVAB must report to their assigned testing rooms at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning. Room assignments will be posted in the commons. 

Students are allowed to go home after the exam. 
Busses will run at the normally scheduled times.
Bag lunches will be available to students who would like a school lunch.

Students NEED to bring a photo ID, number 2 pencils, and a calculator.
Students MAY bring food and water.
Students should NOT bring phones.

More info can be found at:


February 16, 2021


You are receiving this email because you signed up to take the state and district ACT on March 2nd, 2021. You will be receiving between 2-3 emails over the next week with important information on how to set up your account and do the ACT pre-test administration section of the exam. It is crucial these steps are completed prior to the exam. If they are not, you will not be able to take the test. 

STEP ONE: Set up your ACT account. Attached is the MyACT quick start guide. READ THOUGH THE ENTIRE GUIDE BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

Please set up your ACT account by the end of the day on Thursday. 

February 19, 2021



he ONLY items students can (MUST) bring into the testing room are:
👍  Photo ID
👍  Several Sharpened #2 Pencils
👍  ACT Approved Calculator
The following items are NOT allowed in the testing room:
👎  No Backpacks or purses (students can leave backpacks and purses in the pod area)
👎  No Books, Reading Materials or Homework
👎  No Fidgets
👎  No Fitness Bands (fit bits)
👎  No Food (students can leave food in the pod area)
👎  No Hats
👎  No Headphones or Earbuds (leave them at home)
👎  No Highlighters
👎  No Kleenex (we will provide Kleenex in the testing room for students)
👎  No Mechanical Pencils
👎  No Pens
👎  No Phones (leave them at home)
👎  No Scratch Paper
👎  No Watches or Stop Watches (each room will have a large digital timer)
👎  No Water (students can leave water in the pod area)
Students WILL be allowed to leave backpacks, purses, food and drink in the pod area (not the classrooms).
Students WILL be able to access their food and water during the break.
Students CAN NOT use their phones for any reason during the test, including during the break. For this reason, students are advised to leave phones at home. 

Students WILL NOT be allowed to leave the pod area during the break - including going to lockers, counseling office, or any other area of the building. Therefore, they should bring water and food to the pod area to access it during the break.
Report to the commons on March 2nd at 7:30 a.m. Room assignments will be posted. Report to your classroom at 7:45 a.m. No one can be admitted once the tests have been distributed, so make sure you arrive on time!

February 23, 2021


Dear Student,
This is your third “Getting Ready for the ACT” email.
In STEP ONE, you set up your MyACT account.
In STEP TWO, you learned about when the test will occur and what you need to bring.
*If you not have completed STEP ONE or reviewed STEP TWO, please check your email inbox for directions and do so NOW.
For STEP THREE, you will need to complete the non-test portion of the ACT. This will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
You will need your ACT ID number, included below, to complete STEP THREE. Please watch this video for step by step directions on how to complete the non-test administration portion of the exam.

February 19, 2021

You are receiving this email because you are scheduled to take the following test/assessment.  Carefully read the information about what you need for March 2nd and where/when to report.  If you do not report to your assigned area, you will be marked absent for the day.


TUESDAY, MARCH 2 ~ 7:50 A.M.

The ONLY items students can (MUST) bring into the testing room:

👍  Your CHROMEBOOK fully charged + your charger

👍  Photo ID

  • Food, beverages not permitted in the Testing Room.

  • Electronic devices & personal items should be left outside of the Testing Room.

  • No outside calculators allowed. Onscreen calculator appears when permitted.

  • No talking permitted during testing. 

Arrive at the HHS commons on March 2nd at 7:50 a.m.

REPORT to the Media Center/Library at 8:00 a.m. DO NOT BE LATE!!

**No one can be admitted once the tests have been distributed, so make sure you arrive on time!**


February 23, 2021

You are receiving this email because you are scheduled to take the following test/assessment.  Carefully read the information about what you need for March 2nd and where/when to report.  If you do not report to your assigned area, you will be marked absent for the day.  


The ONLY items students can (MUST) bring into the testing room are:

👍  Photo ID

👍  Several Sharpened #2 Pencils

Students CAN NOT use their phones for any reason during the test. For this reason, students are advised to leave phones at home. 

NO calculators are allowed.

Arrive at the HHS commons on March 2nd at 7:50 a.m.

Report to your room at 8:05 a.m. DO NOT BE LATE!!

Here are the room assignments:

Last names

A-K                             Lecture Hall

L-N                             A209

O-Z                             A210

Room assignments will be posted in the commons as well.

**No one can be admitted once the tests have been distributed, so make sure you arrive on time!**


February 19, 2021

ALL juniors are doing 1 of 4 things on Tuesday, March, 2nd:

1. Taking the ACT 
2. Taking the Accuplacer Placement Test
3. Taking the ASVAB Career Interest Inventory
4. Participating in Xello career-related activities
It is CRUCIAL students check their emails this week and next. The counseling office is sending information specific to each student about what they will be doing on March 2nd, where they need to report, and what they should bring. ACT info was sent this week. ASVAB, Accuplacer, and Career Activities will roll out next week. 

Grades 9, 10, and 12 will have a distance learning day.

November 12, 2020

All juniors are eligible to take one College and Career Readiness exam, free of charge. Students have one of four options: ACT, ASVAB, ACCUPLAER, NO EXAM. We anticipate all exams will be held at the high school in the spring (may change based on Covid-19 restrictions). These exams will take place during the school day.

For all exams on the school day, you do NOT sign up through ACT, ACCUPLACER, or the military for the ASVAB. We take care of the registration for you. Simply fill out the Google Form.

However, students can certainly sign up to take the Saturday ACT or take the Accuplacer at a cooperating college in place of, or in addition to, the school date. If students want to take the Saturday test date, they would follow the registration directions listed below. 

Please indicate which option you would prefer on the
Google Form below. The deadline to indicate an exam choice is November 20th, 2020. These exams are optional and NOT required for graduation. Only students can register through their Hastings Apps account.


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. 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 at  surrounding school district like Cottage Grove, Red Wing and Cannon Falls High Schools. We do encourage students to register for the ACT Plus Writing option (as opposed to Multiple Choice Only). Some colleges will ask for the writing portion, while others will not. 

Registration is done online at 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 210500.

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.



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


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.


The ACCUPLACER is primarily used as a placement test for 2 year colleges and universities. ACCUPLACER is a series of tests that evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and math to help college administrators place them in courses that match their skills. ACCUPLACER supports students ready to start earning credits toward their degree as well as those who need to develop their skills before taking college-level courses. ACCUPLACER scores let students know where they stand academically, which makes it easier for them to plan a successful path toward a college degree. Students contact their colleges directly to register for the ACCUPLACER.


If you're serious about joining the military, then get serious about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.

Start now by taking our practice ASVAB tests (click on the test links in the header above). These tests will give you an idea of how you'll score, and identify areas that need improvement. Then use our suggested resources and ASVAB study guides to learn how to prepare for the ASVAB test.

How Important is the ASVAB Test?

Your scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) -- count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.

Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want.

Scoring high on the ASVAB will require study and concentration. Don't skimp on preparing for this test. It's your future. Get the most out of it.


Most 4 year colleges and universities require a college entrance exam (ACT or SAT). However, we are seeing a trend of "test optional" colleges.

Colleges that do not require the SAT or ACT have found that these tests are not necessary to predict which applicants are going to thrive academically on campus. Admissions professionals at test optional colleges generally view academic rigor and grades as the best indicators of success at the college level. In other words, they look at what classes applicants took in high school and how they did in them. Admissions professionals at test optional colleges are able to select students using these alternative indicators of success.

In lieu of requiring the SAT or ACT, colleges have three choices. They can be test optional, flexible or blind.

Test optional colleges allow the applicant to apply with or without test scores.

Test flexible colleges require some form of testing but it doesn’t have to be the SAT or ACT. Some colleges allow applicants to submit AP test scores, IB exam scores or SAT Subject test scores instead.

Test blind colleges are not interested in evaluating standardized test scores. If students submit them, they will not be considered as part of their application.


Students with a disability may qualify for accommodations for college entrance or placement exams, such as the Accuplacer/ACT/SAT. For more information talk to your school counselor or visit the following websites:


ACCUPLACER accommodations are available but are not approved by the College Board. Contact the test center at your college or other institution for more information.