Beyond York - September 7 / 2018

The ACT is now a Computer-Based Test

The big news over at ACT is that the standardized test that has been a paper and pencil test for so long is converting to computer based testing. This is only for test takers outside of the U.S. According to ACT, test content will not change and the sections/components will remain in the same order. “It will be like taking the exact same paper and pencil test, except only on the computer” says Steph Koester, Senior Product Manager at ACT.

ACT also claim an array of benefits in moving towards computer based testing including:

  • Additional Test Dates

  • Less Possibility of Test Cancellations

  • Faster Scoring

  • The Opportunity to Type in the Writing Section

  • Reduction in Customs Issues due to Sending Materials Abroad

  • Later Registration Windows

The added test dates and later registration windows do give quite a bit of flexibility and range. ACT will now conduct 4 tests per testing month! They have added Fridays as an alternative to the typical Saturday test day. In addition to this, they have added an afternoon 1:30pm test to follow the morning 8:00am test session. ACT testing this school year will look like this:

  • September 7th & 8th, 2018
    Register by Aug 10th (or Aug 31st + late fee)

  • October 26th & 27th, 2018
    Register by Sep 28th (or Oct 19th + late fee)

  • December 7th & 8th, 2018
    Register by Nov 2nd (or Nov 30th + late fee)

  • February 8th & 9th, 2019
    Register by Jan 11th (or Feb 1st + late fee)

  • April 12th & 13th, 2019
    Register by Mar 8th (or Apr 5 + late fee)

  • June 7th & 8th, 2019
    Register by May 3rd (or May 31st + late fee)

Students will now be able to view their scores within 2-3 days after taking the test, which is a much quicker turnaround than the average 2 weeks they had to wait before.

All these benefits are good, sure. But, they come at a cost. The new computer based ACT has a whopping $150 (no-writing) & $166.50 (with-writing) registration fee!

That’s one concern. However, the big worry we have here in Canada is where exactly are our students going to test? The strict requirements that ACT needs for a designated computer based testing center has caused well-known, distinguished sites to back out from offering the ACT.

Therefore, the options are limited and students may find themselves having to prepare for longer test day travels than expected. Included is a list of the test centers that ACT have released. It is important to note that these have been deemed subject to change (updated as of 8/7/2018).

University and College Rankings – love them or hate them, they are hard to ignore.

Princeton Review's ever popular "Best 384 Colleges" guide was released last month. The following is a list of top ranked schools for a few categories:

  • Best Campus Food – University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • Most Beautiful Campus – Bucknell University

  • Best Athletic Facilities – The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

  • LGBTQ Friendly – Emerson College

  • Party Schools – University of Delaware

  • Happiest Students – College of William and Mary

  • Most Active Student Government – Pitzer College

Special University Information Evenings will be held at the school for parents and students on the following dates:

Monday September 24 - Grade 12 Parents University Application Evening

Tuesday September 25 - Grade 7-11 US College Application workshop

Thursday October 4 - Grade 7-11 Parent Information workshop - UK Applications

University Visits:

The following Universities will be visiting The York School in the month of September.

All grade 10, 11 and 12 students are welcome to attend the presentations in the Learning Commons.

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There is also an Ontario University Fair at the Metro Convention Centre September 28 - September 30 from 10:00am - 5:00pm.