April 3, 2018 - ACT College Entrance Exam for all Juniors

February 02, 2018
Stillwater Area High School will be administering the ACT college entrance exam to all juniors and qualifying seniors on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 as part of a career and college planning initiative. All Minnesota schools offer the ACT each spring for students in grades 11 and students in grade 12 who did not take the ACT in school the previous year. This provides all students an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam on a school day. 

Students are not required to achieve a specified score on this assessment in order to graduate. The ACT is provided at no cost to the student/family at the April 3 testing. This is a savings of $62.50 per student, a clear value for students and families. Only juniors and seniors who did not take the ACT during the in-school administration may take the test at SAHS on April 3.
In Minnesota, the most commonly taken standardized college entrance exam is the ACT.  In total, 61,101 students (11th and 12th graders in 2017).  Minnesota students once again led the nation on ACT college entrance exam scores in 2017, with an average score of 21.5, compared to the national average of 21. As Minnesota students earned the top national ranking among states where all students take the test, all measured student groups increased their ACT scores this year, with African American students, Hispanic students, and Pacific Islander students all increasing average scores by 0.5 points. Among states who give the test to more than half of their students, Minnesota ranked fifth in the nation.