Date: April 11th, 2023
Location: Helena High School
Doors open @ 8:00am
Need to be set in seat @ 8:15am
YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED IF YOU ARE LATE!
On April 11, Helena Public Schools will administer the ACT to all juniors. The ACT serves as Montana’s statewide high school assessment exam under the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). The ACT is also a national college admission exam that measures college-preparedness in the areas of English, math, reading, science, and writing.
This year, the Montana Office of Public Instruction is mandating that the test be offered in an online format only, whereas previously the ACT was a paper-and-pencil test. No paper-and-pencil tests can be offered for this testing date at this time.
The new format will require much of our high school staff to assist on testing day, either as proctors (ACT requires at least three staff proctors per testing room) or to provide technical support. In addition, the test must be administered on the district’s secure computer server, which creates logistical challenges in terms of testing locations and the availability of computer bandwidth for regular classes. The testing will require the use of all three district high schools: Capital High, Helena High and PAL.
As a result, school attendance will be optional on Tuesday, April 11, for 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students.
School is mandatory, as usual, for all high school juniors on April 11. If your student is a junior, please be sure they arrive at school in time to be seated in their testing room by 8 a.m.
Day of exam have your student bring:
Day of exam what NOT to bring:
COVID-Safety Protocols mandated by the district at the time of testing will be in place during ACT testing, this may include masks, physical distancing, and symptom screening.
ACT Testing Coordinator and Administrator: Willie Schlepp firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT 504 Accommodations: Jamie Pandis email@example.com
ACT Special Education Accommodations: Merren Marks firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students the opportunity to get a head start on college while in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Students can earn college credit or placement by taking the AP exam at the end of the school year, while at the same time achieving a higher level of learning.
Your AP scores could earn you college credit or advanced placement (meaning you could skip certain courses in college). Use this tool to find colleges that offer credit or placement for AP scores. View the AP Credit Policy here.
Taking an AP exam is optional, but we encourage students to consider the opportunity.
If you have any questions regarding AP Exam registration and payment, please contact Helena High’s AP Coordinator: Ellaina Staldine,406-324-2224, email@example.com
More information regarding testing dates, locations and expectations are communicated to students as the AP Exam date nears.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR AP EXAM: NOVEMBER 1st.
Dear Parent/Guardian & Student,
We are excited that you have chosen to take on the challenge of an Advanced Placement (AP) course. AP courses offer students the opportunity to get a head start on college while in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Students can earn college credit or placement by taking the AP exam at the end of the school year, while at the same time achieving a higher level of learning.
Taking an AP exam is optional, but we strongly encourage students to consider the opportunity.
If interested in sitting for an AP exam, please review the steps below to ensure that you are successfully registered for your AP exam(s).
Step 1: Join your AP class on CollegeBoard
Log into the CollegeBoard MyAP site at http://myap.collegeboard.org using your CollegeBoard profile and apply the ‘Join Code’ (access code) you received from your teacher for each of your subjects. Join Codes are subject, teacher and class period specific.
CollegeBoard profiles are the same accounts used to collect prior year PSAT/NMSQT® or AP® Exam scores. Do not create a new account if you already have one.
If you have never created a CollegeBoard account, create one by clicking on ‘Create Account’ on http://myap.collegeboard.org.
Once you have joined the online AP Class group, you will be prompted to complete the MyAP Registration Profile pages. Be sure to use your full legal name when setting up your profile.
Step 2: Pay your exam fee online at https://helenaschools.revtrak.net/. Deadline to register and pay is November 1, 2022.
The cost of each exam is $100. Partial fee waivers are available for students who are on free/reduced lunch. If eligible, you will select to apply the waiver in the payment portal on Revtrak.
*Exams ordered after the November 1st deadline are subject to a $40 late add fee.
*Exams cancelled after November 1st are subject to a $40 cancellation fee.
Step 3: Confirm registration for exams in MyAP.
Log into your CollegeBoard account at: http://myap.collegeboard.org. Once in MyAP click “Register for Exam” for each class section you are enrolled in. From the next screen, select either “Confirm Registration” (if you’re taking the exam), or “No”, if you will not be taking the AP exam for that subject.
If you have any questions regarding AP Exam registration and payment, please contact Helena High’s AP Coordinator:
Ellaina Staldine 406-324-2224 firstname.lastname@example.org
More information regarding testing dates, locations and expectations will be communicated as we near the AP Exam dates.
Parents may find more information about the AP program and exams by visiting: https://parents.collegeboard.org/college-board-programs/advanced-placement-program
How can I earn college credit through AP®?
If you take the AP® exam in May, you potentially can earn college credit by earning a score of a 3, 4, or 5 or the exam. To determine what score you will need for a particular college, check out the College Board’s website at AP® Credit Search
What if I miss the November 1st deadline to submit fees?
It is CRUCIAL to meet the deadline so that we may secure a test for you. However, we are able to register students late, but a $40 late fee will be applied.
Can I cancel my exam?
Refunds/Cancellation: Students who submit a cancellation request by November 1st, 2022 will receive a full refund of exam fees submitted. To cancel, please email email@example.com. If you cancel after November 1st, a $40 cancellation fee will be applied to your refund.
Can I change when I take the exam?
Exam times are set by The CollegeBoard. All AP Exams must be taken only at the times established by The CollegeBoard. If need arises to test at a later date, you will need to notify Mrs. Staldine at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. A $40 late test fee may apply depending on the reason for requesting the late test date. The scheduled late-testing dates are May 17-19th.
**Please look at your Spring sports and extra-curricular calendars for potential conflicts with the AP Calendar available at: