STEM Prep Academy’s junior class will take the ACT exam at STEM Prep Middle School (1162 Foster Avenue) on the morning of Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for our junior class: the ACT is a nationally-recognized college-entrance examination used by most colleges and universities to guide their admissions processes to two- and four-year degree programs. The ACT is also a graduation requirement for all students in the state of Tennessee and is mandatory for juniors to complete. Your student will get more information in advisory over the coming weeks. Please join our school reopening family meeting on Wednesday, February 17th to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ACT?
- The ACT is a college-entrance test taken by high school students across the United States. The ACT has four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Students who complete the ACT will earn an ACT score which they will share with colleges and universities they’re interested in attending after graduation. An ACT score is also important for students who wish to apply to scholarships for school.
When is the ACT?
- All STEM Prep High school juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The exam begins promptly at 8:00am and will end around 1:00pm. Your student will receive an email with their estimated end time as we get closer to the ACT date.
Where is the ACT?
- The ACT will be held at STEM Prep Middle School (1162 Foster Avenue) - this is down the street from STEM Prep High School. Students will be testing in the field house where STEM Prep Academy hosts their basketball games. Students will test in the field house classrooms or in the gym space. All testing rooms will be set up with safety equipment and arranged so that students are six feet apart.
How can my student study for the ACT?
- Your junior can pick up review materials from the main office at STEM Prep High School beginning on Thursday, February 11th. These review materials include a full-length practice ACT exam and practice exercises and answer keys for each section of the ACT. Students can also practice for the ACT online by going to academy.act.org. Juniors will take a practice ACT exam during school (on the computer!) on Thursday, February 18th.
How is my student getting to school?
- Your student can take a school bus to and from STEM Prep Middle School. Students may also choose to drive themselves or may be dropped off and picked up by a family member. Please take our transportation survey by Tuesday, February 16 to let us know if your student would like to drive, ride with a family member, or take the school bus. Please note that your student will keep the same transportation preference in the morning and the afternoon; if your student takes the bus in the morning, they will also take the bus home in the afternoon.
What does my student need to bring to the ACT?
- Your student will bring their ID and a face mask to the exam. We also encourage your student to bring a light jacket, since we will be taking a break outside halfway through the test. You may bring water, but you will not be able to access it once the exam has begun. STEM Prep Academy will provide tissues, hand sanitizer, and a snack and water bottle for your student. Your student may bring their own calculator as long as it is on the ACT approved calculator list (see the link here).
What kind of safety measures will be taken during the test?
- STEM Prep Academy will follow health and safety guidelines throughout the exam experience. Students and staff will wear face masks and maintain social distancing throughout the exam. Students who ride to and from STEM Prep Middle School on the bus will follow health and safety guidelines on the bus as well. We encourage you to visit a COVID-19 testing site to screen for COVID-19 before participating in the ACT. COVID-19 screening is available for free to Nashville residents at Nissan Stadium, Meharry Medical College, and the former Kmart at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike. Please note that students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You will need to show proof of residency (proof that you live in Nashville) to receive a COVID-19 test.
The mission of STEM Prep High School is for all students to graduate from the college of their choice. On December 12th, the college-graduating class of 2025 will take the next step towards realizing that goal. It’s almost ACT time for our Seniors!
- While many colleges and universities are moving to test-optional admission models, ACT scores are a graduation requirement in the state of Tennessee.
Learn more about the importance of the ACT from our alumni!