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High School Testing

WDMCS high school students may take a variety of assessments throughout their high school years to provide them, their parents/guardians, and their high schools’ staff with performance information.  Such information is used for:

  • placement in appropriate courses;
  • identifying the need for additional instruction;
  • monitoring student growth;
  • determining the extent to which students are meeting district and state standards;
  • providing information to enrich the curriculum and instruction;
  • providing information for making post-secondary educational and vocational decision.

Assessment Types


The ACT measures educational development in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.  This assessment measures the skills necessary for success in post-secondary educational settings, including students’ reasoning abilities and knowledge of subject matter fields.  If your student requires accommodations for testing under an IEP or 504 plan, contact the special education department at your school.

All WDMCS 11th-grade students will automatically be registered to take the ACT for FREE. This format is ONLINE without a writing portion. Families who do not wish to have their student take the ACT may choose to opt-out. However, we encourage all students to take the assessment because it can provide helpful information to post-secondary education institutions.

Opt-Out Form

Test Date Time Location
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 During regular school hours Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus
Make-Up Date: TBD During regular school day hours Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus

Helpful Links

ACT Accommodation Information

ACT Home Page

ACT Study Resources

ACT Academy™ is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help students get the best score possible on the ACT test. Register for free at ACT Academy.


Q. What are the benefits to having a student take the ACT?

  • Students can feel less stress by testing in a familiar environment on a regular school day.
  • The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.
  • Students are tested on what they’ve learned in their high school core courses.
  • Taking the test at their school can eliminate potential concerns about finding transportation to a testing center on the weekend.
  • Students receive personalized information to explore future college and career decisions based on their strengths, weaknesses, and interests.
  • Students can use their scores to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Q. What if a student wants to take the written portion of the ACT?
A. Students who desire to take the written portion can register and pay for the assessment at a local ACT testing center.

Q. What if a student has a 504, IEP, or needs special accommodations?
A.  Information on ACT accommodations is available online.

Q. What is the cost for 11th-graders to take the test?
A. The ACT is free for all WDMCS 11th graders for the 2020-21 school year.

Q. Can any students other than current 11th graders take the ACT?
A. WDMCS will only administer the ACT test for 11th-grade students. Freshman, sophomore, and senior students who wish to take the ACT can register and pay for the assessment at a local ACT testing center.

Q. Do students who do not take the test on Feb. 25 still go to school?
A. No. Sophomores, seniors, and any juniors who opt-out will not attend school on that day. Communication will go out before winter break on an opportunity for students to visit Iowa State University. We encourage families to consider what post-graduate career your student may be interested in and consider a job shadow or visit to a school or business in that field.

Q. Will both online and on-site juniors take the test at school?
A. Yes. All juniors who wish to take the test must take it at school. Because sophomores and seniors will not be at school that day, appropriate social distancing can take place.

Q. What if my junior is an online student but needs a ride to school?
A. To request bus transportation, please call the Transportation Department 515-633-4902, option 2 by Friday, February 19.

Additional Questions?

Please contact your student’s counselor with additional questions.