ACT/ Other Testing Information and Dates

The ACT National Test Dates:

September 9 ,2017         -       Registration Deadline:  August 4, 2017

October 28, 2017            -       Registration Deadline:  September 22, 2017

December 9, 2017          -       Registration Deadline:  November 3, 2017    
February 10, 2018          -       Registration Deadline:  January 12, 2018    
April 14, 2018                 -       Registration Deadline:  March 9, 2018    
June 9, 2018                   -      Registration Deadline:  May 4, 2018    
July 14, 2018                   -     Registration Deadline:  June 15, 2015    


Students who quality for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive two (2) vouchers that can be used during their junior or senior year of high school.  These vouchers allow students to take the ACT without writing at no charge ($46.00 value).  Please see Mrs. Embry or Mrs. Hans to see if you qualify for a waiver

Who can take the ACT?

People of all ages and grade levels are eligible to take the ACT. This includes students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 and high school graduates. Of course you'll need to register and pay the test fees.

When should I take the ACT?

Advantages of testing your junior year:

  • You've probably completed the coursework corresponding to the test material.
  • You'll have your test scores and other information in time to help you plan your senior year. (For example, you may decide to take an additional class in an area in which your test score was low.)
  • Colleges will know of your interests and have your scores in time to contact you during the summer before your senior year, when many of them are sending information about admissions, course placement, scholarships, and special programs to prospective students.
  • You'll have information about yourself and the schools you're considering prior to your campus visits, making your visits more focused.
  • You'll have the opportunity to retest if you feel your scores don't accurately reflect your abilities in the areas tested.

Advantages of testing your freshman or sophomore year:

  • If you take the ACT as a Freshman or Sophomore, not only do you have the added advantage of  practice and exposure, but also you can earn mid-term or final exam exemptions if you meet the benchmarks and become college ready.  Also - you are eligible to take dual credit classes as a junior and senior if you meet the benchmarks on the ACT.

Click Here to sign up to take the ACT 

Click here for free ACT online Prep


The College Equipped Readiness Tool (CERT) is used as an indicator of college and career readiness. Reports include data to help teachers and counselors target interventions, inform classroom instruction, and guide students in course selection. Meeting the CERT benchmarks is one way of showing that a student is capable and prepared for advanced classes, and that he or she is on-target to pass the state ACT during their junior year. Plus, meeting CERT benchmarks allows freshmen and sophomore students to exit the Response to Intervention (RTI) class. Please share these testing tips with your son or daughter and encourage them to do their best!
Testing Tips
- Get a good night’s sleep each night before the day of testing.
- Eat a nourishing breakfast.
- Dress comfortably.
- If you wear assistive devices (glasses, hearing aides, etc.), please remember to wear them every day and especially during testing.
- Arrive to school on time.
- Go to the rest room before the test begins.
- Listen carefully to the test administrator’s directions.
- Read and follow all test directions carefully.
- Read all answer choices before choosing your best answer.
- Eliminate answer choices that you know are incorrect, and then select your best answer. (This technique can help you choose your    best answer).
- When paper/pencil testing, be sure to bubble your answer choices carefully and make good dark marks on your answer document.
- Be aware of how much time you have and use your time effectively. 
- Believe in yourself

HS CERT TEST DATES:  October 3, December 12, March 1

MS CERT TEST DATES:  Week of October 2-4, Week of April 23-25



The KYOTE is a computer-adaptive college placement test that lets educators:

  • Evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Math, and English
  • Place students in appropriate courses
  • Connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success

All students that have not met ACT benchmarks are required to take the KYOTE during their senior year.

Benchmarks on the ACT

  • English - 18
  • Math - 19
  • Reading - 20

Students will have two attempts during their senior year to take the KYOTE at DHS. The following are resources to help students prepare for these assessments:

Please note: The Compass resources are also great for KYOTE. The Compass was discontinued in June 2016.

ACT Compass main web page
Free ACT Practice Tests (English, Math, and Reading)
Compass Sample test questions
Free ACT Compass Reading Practice Test

KYOTE TEST DATES:  September 27, 2017, December 6, 2017,  April 17, 2018

KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment):

KOSSA is one of two measures that can be given to students to meet the career ready technical portion of college and career readiness.  KOSSA tests are aligned to CTE Career Pathways. . Click here for more information about the KOSSA


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.   Click Here for more information about the ASVAB

ASVAB TEST DATES:  November 1, April 11