ACT, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT Information

(scroll down for PSAT & PSAT 10 information)

ACT 2018

WHY THE ACT IS IMPORTANT: All students take the ACT Plus Writing exam in April of their junior year.  They are automatically registered for the test, so parents and students don’t need to worry about any paperwork, and the test is paid for by Montana Gear Up and the Office of Public Instruction, so a fee is not required.  ACT is a National College Admissions exam that tests English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional Writing section.  This is a great opportunity for students to take a college entrance exam, at no cost, during the school day.  In addition to general admissions requirements, all colleges require students to meet minimum writing and math competency standards.  To enter a 4-year university within the Montana University System, high school graduates are required to meet the following standards:

*Math Proficiency: ACT math score of 22
*Writing Proficiency: ACT English/Writing score of 18 or if they                                   score 19 or higher on the Writing Assessment

See MUS admissions standards website here for more details.

TEST DAY:  This year the ACT will be given at the Helena Civic Center.   Students must arrive at the Civic Center and be in their seat no later than 7:45am.  Late students will not be permitted to test so be sure to arrive early! Students will need to go directly to the Civic Center as transportation to the test will not be provided.  However, a bus will be available for returning to HHS after the test.

Students should bring a photo ID, pencils, and  (optional) calculator.

Students should not bring any electronic devices (cell phone, iPOD, etc), backpacks, or food/drink.  Please leave your cell phone at home or in your locker.  You are not allowed to access your phone during breaks, so please don’t bring it with you.  Any student found with a phone will be dismissed from the test, and any phone that goes off in the testing room will result in the owner’s exam score being voided and may affect other examinees in the room.

Although calculators are not required for the math test, they are allowed.  We will not be providing back-up calculators for students who do not bring one to the test.  Refer to your study guide or the ACT website for a list of prohibited calculators (link below).  Please note that the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use.
Prohibited Calculators

TEST PREP:  All students will receive test preparation information from their English teacher ahead of the test.  Free test prep is also available through many online sources:

ACT                                                                   Free ACT and SAT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep                                                 Princeton Review Test Prep

ACT and SAT Test Prep                                 Montana Career Information System

Reach Higher Montana                                Khan Academy

4 Tests Test Prep

AFTER THE ACT: Some students will choose to re-take the ACT and/or take the SAT.  Below are the testing dates for exams given over the summer.  Please note that students will not have received their scores for the April ACT test in time to know how to specifically prepare for the June ACT test, but taking it in June is an option.  Want a basic description of the similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT?  Check out this site.

2017-2018 ACT Dates
September 9th  (registration deadline: Aug. 4th)
October 28th     (Sep. 22nd)
December 9th   (Nov. 3rd)
February 10th    (Jan. 12th)
March 20th
June 9th             (May 4th)

2017-2018 SAT Dates
August 26th        (registration deadline: July 28th)
October 7th        (September 8th)
November 4th    (October 5th)
December 2nd   (November 2nd)
March 10th         (February 9th)
May 5th               (April 6th)
June 2nd              (May 3rd)

Questions about the ACT?  Contact Gabby Clow!

(406) 324-2200


PSAT 10: 2018 DATE TBD
Carroll College

WHY TAKE THE PSAT10:  The PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT are the same test offered at different times of year.  The PSAT 10 is an opportunity for sophomores (and only sophomores) to practice a timed test and see their results before taking the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year.  (The only score used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship is the PSAT/NMSQT taken in their junior year.  All other tests are practice.)

REGISTRATION:   Registration will take place next winter.

FEE: $18 (this covers the cost of the test, transportation, and a study guide.)

TRANSPORTATION: Students will be required to ride the bus to and from Carroll College.



REGISTRATION:  Registration will take place throughout the month of May.  You can register with Dana Adamson in the Main Office. 324-2210

TEST DAY: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FEE: $20 17-18 school year. Seats are limited.


Registration information is communicated to students and parents through the following methods: Daily bulletin, email, website, HHS newsletter, and HHS Reader Board.

For more information about the registration process, please contact the counseling center at 324-2220.