ACT Testing

  ACT Testing is offered at Philip High School once in the Fall and once in the Spring of each school year. The cost is $50.50 and it is held on a school day.
The students will sign up with Mrs. DeJong. 

Or the students may take the ACT at another testing site such as Kadoka, Pierre or Rapid City on a Saturday (see info below).

 2023-2024 ACT ASSESSMENT (not taken at PHS)
Philip HS Code 420-995


  • Cost $68.00  (Cost with optional writing portion $93.00)
  • Students who qualify for free or reduced meals are eligible to take the ACT for free. (See Mrs. DeJong for details.)
  • College bound students typically take this assessment in April of their Junior year.
  • PHS Students can access free ACT Method Test Prep in their account.  Login is complete K12 email address and password.
  • On test day students need to bring their printed ticket, photo ID and calculator.
Test Dates

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September 9, 2023 August 4 September 1
October 28, 2023 September 22 October 20
December 9, 2023 November 3 December 1
February 10, 2024 January 5 February 2
April 13, 2024 March 8 April 5
June 8, 2024 May 3 May 31


General ACT Test Tips

  • Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
  • Read the directions for each test carefully.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Calculators may be used on the mathematics test only.
  • Pace yourself—don't spend too much time on a single passage or question.
  • Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test.
  • Use a soft-lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser. Do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen; if you do, your answer document cannot be scored accurately.
  • Mark only one answer to each question, and for each question, make certain that you mark in the row of ovals with the same number as the question.
  • Fill in the oval completely, and make your marks heavy and black. If you change your mind about an answer, erase your first mark completely without smudging.
  • For each question, decide which answer is best.
  • Answer the easy questions first, and then go back and answer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test.
  • On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remaining.
  • Answer every question. Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. You will not be penalized for guessing. It is to your advantage to answer every question even if you must guess.
  • If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test. Do not look back to a test on which time has already been called, and do not go ahead to another test. To do so will disqualify you from the examination.
  • When time is called on any test, lay your pencil down immediately and do not mark or alter any ovals on the test or continue writing the essay. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.