ACT Test Date/Registration

The next ACT test date is scheduled for October 23, 2021 with a registration deadline of September 17th.  (Late Fee registration period is September 18th – October 1st) This, and April 2nd, are the only ACT test dates that will be held at Assumption High School for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  I have attached the ACT registration flyer, giving you instructions on how to register, as well as the preparation booklet.

Click here to register

  • ACT CLUB: Why not build your ACT knowledge, confidence, and understanding a little bit each week instead of cramming right before the test? ACT club takes only twenty minutes, and we finish so early, you won’t even have to miss practice! Testing is timed, and students are assisted in improving their testing speed. When time is up, either Mrs. Smyth, Mrs. Wallace, or Mr. Buchanan is available to answer questions and help students analyze their answers. ACT club meets TUESDAYS from 2:50 to 3:10. It is important to show up to ACT Club as frequently as possible before you take the ACT test.
First Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)
Second Tuesday Math (Mr. Buchanan’s Room)
Third Tuesday Science (Mrs. Wallace’s Room)
Fourth Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)
Fifth Tuesday English/Reading (Mrs. Smyth’s Room)

2021-2022-ACT-test-dates 21-22 Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) tests will be given at Assumption High School on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.  If you are interested in taking the PSAT tests, please register by Tuesday, September 14th by paying the $18 registration fee in Student Services.  (Checks can be made out to Assumption High School)


The PSAT is a two-hour test given once a year in October. Many students take the PSAT, not only as preparation to take the SAT, which is widely used as a criterion for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

As with the SAT, the PSAT has separate math and verbal sections and a third section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and these scores are combined to create the National Merit Scholarship selection index.

Though it is only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year that are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition, some students will take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get a feel for the test.

This scholarship competition awards approximately 8,200 scholarships annually. The selection process starts with the choosing of National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Cutoffs vary from state to state but typically Semi-Finalists score in the top one percent of students in their state and Commended Scholars between the top one to four percent. Most of the approximately 16,000 Semi-Finalists become Finalists, and half of those ultimately receive National Merit Scholarships.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.

ISASP – Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

ISASP – Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (previously known as the Iowa Assessments) are scheduled for April 5th and 6th.  All students grade 9 – 11 are required by the state of Iowa to complete this testing.  Guided Independent Learning students are expected to attend the scheduled testing sessions on both Monday and Tuesday, April 5th and 6th.  New this year, testing will be administered electronically. Seniors will not be in school on these days.

English teachers will post the room assignments.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Freshmen 7:45 am – 10:15 am

Sophomores 7:45 am – 11:15 am

Juniors 7:45 am – 10:15 am

Students are released after testing is complete

Tuesday April 6, 2021

All 9 – 11 Students 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Students are released after testing is complete

Make up testing must be completed by Friday, April 9th.

Both Days

  • Bring your laptops
  • Make sure your laptops are fully charged

If you have any questions please contact Student Services.

ZAPS – ACT Test Prep

We are excited to be back with you online this Spring! We are bringing ZAPS ACT Test Prep to your student!
Receive the Nation’s Best Test Strategy Prep at a special price of only $95.00! We offer live online webinars with time slots available every week!

In this five-hour seminar, your student will get to:

• Learn tips to improve scores in all sub tests

• Practice strategies to eliminate wrong choices

• Take short practice tests that mirror the real test experience

• Reduce test anxiety and gain confidence

• Receive extensive materials for home practice

And much, much more!

Go to and click on Webinars to search for a date and time that works best for you. If you cannot find a date and time that works with your schedule, the webinar is also available recorded . All materials will be shipped direct to your door so your student can safely receive our live, virtual training from the convenience of your home! Register early to ensure your materials arrive in time for the webinar. Register at: or call 877-927-8378


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) tests will be given at Assumption High School on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM  If you are interested in taking the PSAT tests, please register by Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by paying the $16 registration fee in Student Services and picking up a PSAT study guide.  (Checks can be made out to Assumption High School) For more information on the PSAT/MNSQT test, visit their website at