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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 postsecondary 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 on paper without a writing portion. Families who do not wish to have their student take the ACT may choose to opt-out. More information will be published here by November 1 detailing the process for opting out and accommodations.

However, we encourage all students to take the assessment because it can provide helpful information to postsecondary education institutions.

WDMCS 12th-grade students who have not yet taken the ACT should contact their school counselor for more information. 

Test Date Time Location
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 During regular collaboration day school hours Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus
Make-Up Date Tuesday, March 12, 2019 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 2018-19 school year.

Q. Can 12th-graders take the test?
A. Any 12th-grader who has not already taken the ACT will be able to opt-in. Students should contact their school counselor for more information.

Q. Can any students other than current 11th- or 12th graders take the ACT?
A. WDMCS will only administer the electronic ACT test for 11th- and 12th-grade students. Freshman and sophomore students who wish to take the ACT can register and pay for the assessment at a local ACT testing center.

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