On November 7, 2017 the PreACT assessment will be administered to all Lincoln Public Schools students who are in 10th and 11th grades. ALL sophomores and juniors are expected to take the PreACT. The PreACT will give students an opportunity to take a practice version of the ACT that all students will take in April of their 11th grade year.
Most school staff will be involved in the November 7 testing in some capacity, so there will be no school for students in 9th and 12th grades on that day.
Juniors and sophomores may park in 'A' lot and will need to report to the Commons no later than 7:40 a.m. Testing will begin by 8:05 a.m. and lasts until approximately 12:30 p.m. Students will be dismissed after testing. Lunch will be available after testing if students choose to stay and eat, but they are not required to. Please note that students MUST arrive on time, and students MAY NOT USE CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT ALL during the entire testing period, so we ask that students simply not bring cell phones or electronics with them. No food or drink is allowed in the classroom. Students must wear their school ID, some form of ID is necessary as required by ACT. Students should bring their own calculator. If there is a question about if their calculator is permitted by ACT they should check with their math teacher. Attendance for this test is extremely important.
The ACT is a college-entrance exam and is required by the Nebraska Department of Education as part of the assessment of student progress. The PreACT is identical to the ACT in terms of both overall format, types of items and the 1-36 score range. Research from ACT indicates that when students take the ACT assessment more than once, 57 percent achieve a higher composite score. Since the PreACT is identical to the ACT, taking the PreACT could potentially lead to better scores for students on the ACT.
The results of the PreACT offer several benefits to our students, including:
There are several things we ask parents to do that can positively contribute to their child's success. First, encourage your child to put forth their best effort with positive statements, expressing confidence in their abilities and efforts. Next, make sure they get a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast – those will go far to help your child do their best job possible. Finally, attendance during testing is very important. Please reschedule any appointments that may take your child out of school on the testing dates.
Our goal is to help our students prepare and succeed as they take this important test. Your partnership is valuable in this effort, and as always, we appreciate your support. Please watch for additional information regarding the PreACT and ACT, and if you have questions, please contact your child’s school and speak to their school counselor or an administrator. Information can also be found in the Parent Center of the LPS website.