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ACT:  Knowledge for College - - Know the Facts


“The ACT tests are universally accepted for college admission”




Any student planning to attend a four -year college or university should take the ACT exam.  Even seniors planning to start their post secondary careers at a community college and then transfer at a later date will benefit from having an ACT score on file.


It is recommended that students take their initial ACT test in the Spring of their junior year.  This leaves open the opportunity for retesting in the Fall of the senior year, if necessary.


    Central Lyon High School Code:  163780


    Online Registration and Information:  www.actstudent.org


     ACT Cost:  $50.50 ($67.00 ACT plus writing)


     Late Registration:  Add $30.00




2018-2019 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines


ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 8, 2018

August 12, 2018

August 26, 2018

October 27, 2018

September 28, 2018

October 14, 2018

December 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 19, 2018

February 9, 2019*

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

April 13, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 25, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

July 13, 2019*

June 14, 2019

June 24, 2019





     ACT Test Centers  (Sioux Falls)

       Augustana College            (Code=039020)

        University of Sioux Falls   (Code=039200)

        O'Gorman High School     (Code=157640)

        Washington High School   (Code=184550)

        Roosevelt High School      (Code= 201220)

        Lincoln High School          (Code=207210)


    ACT Test Centers (Nearby Area)

        Sioux Center--Dordt College            (Code=013010)

        Sioux Center High School                (Code=214850)

        Sheldon High School                        (Code=175690)

        Northwestern College--Orange City  (Code=013460)

        Brandon Valley High School             (Code=200990)

        Luverne High School                        (Code=162430)



Writing Test (Optional):  “Students should decide whether to take the ACT Writing Test based on the admission policies of the postsecondary institutions in which they are interested and on the advice of their high schools.”  ACT lists and updates information on their website about individual college policies regarding the writing portion of the ACT.  Currently, no schools in Iowa require the ACT Writing Test for admission although some recommend it for advising and placement purposes.


Retesting:  There are no limitations on how many times a student can take the ACT.  Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior.  Retesting does not guarantee an improved score.  ACT has compiled research on students who took the ACT more than once . . .

         55% increased their composite score

        22% had no change in their composite score

         23% decreased their composite score on the retest



 Accomodations:  Special accomodations and extended time testing is available.  To request accomodations, students must fill out the approrpriate documentation which can be found on the ACT website or in the Guidance Office.




WHAT ABOUT THE SAT?  - - Interesting Fact:  Only 4% of last year’s graduating seniors in Iowa took the SAT.  Why?  While both the ACT and SAT exams are widely accepted by colleges and universities, the SAT is preferred by colleges on the East and West Coasts.  Thus, if a student is interested in attending school on either coast they should strongly consider taking the SAT but if they plan to stay in the Midwest the ACT will be sufficient.


Students who anticipate taking the SAT will benefit from taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) during their junior year.  The PSAT is the practice SAT exam and is given at Central Lyon each October.


    Central Lyon High School (CEEB) SAT Code:  163780


    Online Registration and Information:  www.collegeboard.com


     SAT with Essay Cost:  $60.00

SAT w/o Essay:  $46.00

     Late Registration:  Add $29.00



SAT Test Dates 2017-18 (U.S.)

Test Date

Normal Deadline

Late Registration*

Online Score Release

August 26, 2017

July 28, 2017

August 15, 2017

September 14, 2017

October 7, 2017

September 8, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 27, 2017

November 4, 2017

October 6, 2017

October 20, 2017

November 23, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 21, 2017

March 10, 2018**

February 9, 2018

February 23, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

April 20, 2018

May 24, 2018

June 2, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 21, 2018