ACT, Advanced Placement, and PSAT/NMSQT Information



Advanced Placement Testing:

AP Credit Policy


AP 2020 Testing Schedule:


AP 2020 Practice Test Demo



PSAT: October 16, 2019

REGISTRATION:  Registration will continue until October 11, 2019 or until testing capacity has been reached. There is a limited number of tests. Registration began in the spring of 2018.

FEE:  $20

TEST DAY: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:30 AM

TEST LOCATION:  Carroll College- Lower Level of Campus Center

TRANSPORTATION: We are encouraging students to drive themselves or receive a ride from a family member to and from the test site.  We will be providing one bus to transport students from HHS to the testing site.  Seats will be limited and students can sign-up in the counseling office.

STUDY GUIDES:  Study guides are now available and can be picked-up in the counseling office.

Registration information is communicated to students and parents through the following methods: Daily bulletin, email, website, HHS newsletter, and HHS Reader Board.

For more information about the registration process, please contact the counseling center at 324-2220.

ACT 2020

WHEN: April 14th, 2020

WHERE: Helena High School Gym

WHY THE ACT IS IMPORTANT: All students take the ACT Plus Writing exam in April of their junior year.  They are automatically registered for the test, so parents and students don’t need to worry about any paperwork, and the test is paid for by Montana Gear Up and the Office of Public Instruction, so a fee is not required.  ACT is a National College Admissions exam that tests English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional Writing section.  This is a great opportunity for students to take a college entrance exam, at no cost, during the school day.  In addition to general admissions requirements, all colleges require students to meet minimum writing and math competency standards.  To enter a 4-year university within the Montana University System, high school graduates are required to meet the following standards:

*Math Proficiency: ACT math score of 22
*Writing Proficiency: ACT English/Writing score of 18 or if they                                   score 19 or higher on the Writing Assessment

See MUS admissions standards website here for more details.

TEST DAY:  More details to come.

Students should bring a photo ID, pencils, and  (optional) calculator.

Students should not bring any electronic devices (cell phone, iPOD, etc), backpacks, or food/drink.  Please leave your cell phone at home or in your locker.  You are not allowed to access your phone during breaks, so please don’t bring it with you.  Any student found with a phone will be dismissed from the test, and any phone that goes off in the testing room will result in the owner’s exam score being voided and may affect other examinees in the room.

Although calculators are not required for the math test, they are allowed.  We will not be providing back-up calculators for students who do not bring one to the test.  Refer to your study guide or the ACT website for a list of prohibited calculators (link below).  Please note that the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use.
Prohibited Calculators

TEST PREP:  All students will receive test preparation information from their English teacher ahead of the test.  Free test prep is also available through many online sources:

ACT                                                                   Free ACT and SAT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep                                                 Princeton Review Test Prep

ACT and SAT Test Prep                                 Montana Career Information System

Reach Higher Montana                                Khan Academy

4 Tests Test Prep

Lewis & Clark Library’s ACT Library Study Times 2020

ACT Boot Camp flyer and Prep Course for March and April tests

ACT Seminar at Capital High School February 3 & 4


AFTER THE ACT: Some students will choose to re-take the ACT and/or take the SAT.  Below are the testing dates for exams given over the summer.  Please note that students will not have received their scores for the April ACT test in time to know how to specifically prepare for the June ACT test, but taking it in June is an option.  Want a basic description of the similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT?  Check out this site.


2019-2020 ACT Dates
ACT Registration Click Here

2019-2020 SAT Dates
SAT Registration Click Here