Counselor Newsletter

September 2020

September ACT Test Dates:
September 12, 13, 19
Test Day Information  

October ACT Test Dates:
October 10, 17, 24, 25
Registration Deadline: September 25
Registration Information

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ACT Testing Amid 

As we continue to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, we’re implementing new ways to communicate with students and parents about ACT testing amid COVID-19. We’ve created this new landing page as a central resource for everything from registration to test day concerns. 

MyACT Registration FAQs

Since reopening MyACT on August 3, we’ve been listening and working to address unique situations related to the ACT test registration experience. Students and parents registering for the ACT test can find answers to common questions they’ve been asking on our enhanced FAQ page.

A Personal Message from Janet Godwin

For the past few weeks, ACT CEO Janet Godwin has listened to parent and student concerns about securing a seat for fall ACT testing, complications with MyACT, and access to our support team. In a new blog post, Godwin publicly addresses these concerns and others from the ACT community. 

ACT Certified Educator Now Virtual

ACT Certified Educator is now virtual! New to our program is the opportunity for participants to complete the entire course online in a live and engaging, collaborative experience.  

ACT Certified Educator is an innovative program that provides high quality, research-driven courses on how to strengthen student achievement on the ACT. Certified Educator is designed for educators teaching ACT Prep, embedding ACT preparation in their curriculum, or providing tutoring to students for the ACT. After successful completion of a one-day program in ACT Basics, and a two-day program in a subject area, successful participants will earn a badge as a Certified ACT Educator in that subject area.   

Participating in the ACE program was very rewarding. Not only did the course itself teach me valuable things about the ACT, but collaboration among educators across the US gave me insight and opened a door to share great resources. I highly recommend the program,” said Misty Rosamond, High School English Teacher, Assumption School, LA. 

Fordham Institute Blogs About ACT and SAT

Travis Koutsoubos-Miles, Executive Director of Born to Know—which provides advanced teacher training and curricular resources for urban public-school educators—recently shared The ACT and SAT don’t just measure learning. They drive it, too on the Fordham Institute Flypaper Blog. 

“These tests benefit lower income students more than anyone, and not merely because they’re fair and valid college admissions tools. They’re also vital learning tools. As such, carefully vetted tests like the ACT and SAT are useful within both secondary and postsecondary contexts.”

Summer Scholarship Giveaway Winner

Throughout the 2019–20 school year, we gave 14 lucky students a $15,000 college scholarship and $5,000 tech package. Half of those scholarships went to students who used an ACT fee waiver. Eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors who registered for an ACT® National test between September 3, 2019 and June 26, 2020 were automatically entered for a chance to win. 

Our most recent winner was chosen from the July 2020 test registration. 


Matthew, a recent graduate from Richland Northeast HS in Columbia, SC, plans to attend Frances Marion University to major in Mechanical Engineering to become an Aerospace Engineer. 

My whole family was born in Puerto Rico, they moved to the states in order for my sister and I to get a better chance at opportunity than there was at our home island. My Father is currently serving in the army going on to serving 21 years and my sister is in the Airforce going on to her 4th year.”   

Matthew is a first-generation college student and winning the ACT Scholarship Giveaway has helped make that possible.   

“The $15,000 scholarship made a big impact on my family and me. Before I was told that I won the scholarship my family and I accepted that fact that we were going to ask for a loan to finish paying off the rest of this year.”  

Matthew said his “jaw dropped all the way to the ground in shock with goosebumps head to toe,” when he found out he won the scholarship. “I was incredibly grateful for winning that scholarship!!”