# Information for Parents

```Information for Parents
Test Date:
October 15 (Wednesday) at LFC
What is the ?
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3 tests: Math, Writing, and English
Results will tell us:
• what students know in those areas;
• what students may need more help with; and
• if students are learning what’s necessary to be
ready to enter college and the work world.
Math Test
• Measures basic mathematics skills (addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division)
• Some Algebra & Geometry
• Coordinate graphs
• Functions
• Probability
• 65-minute timed test
• Students may bring a calculator to use on this test, but
calculators are not required to solve any of the
problems.
• Calculators must be an approved type. There’s a list
here: http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html
Sample Math Problem
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Sample Math Problem
Writing Test
• One expository (explaining something) writing
prompt
• 30-minute time limit
• Scored with a rubric (1-6; 6 is highest score)
• This test measures the ability to analyze and explain
an issue by using well-organized ideas and logical
examples.
Sample Writing Prompt
It is wise to weigh options carefully before making
decisions, but waiting too long to decide can lead to
missed opportunities. Write an essay in which you
explain both the value and the challenge of carefully
considering options before making decisions.
English Test
• 40-minute timed test
• Revising and editing questions:
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English grammar and usage
Punctuation
Sentence structure
Sentence formation
Identifying parts of a text
Identifying the purpose of a text
Language use
Word choice
Consistency in style and tone
Using references
Sample English Question
By the 1860s, French craftsman Pierre Michaux,
had designed a bicycle-like machine that featured a
lightweight iron frame and pedals. But it was not
perfect.
1.
A. NO CHANGE
B. craftsman, Pierre Michaux,
C. craftsman, Pierre Michaux
D. craftsman Pierre Michaux
Sample English Question
The problem, though, was that riders had to sit perched high
up on these bicycles, creating a hazard regarding their
position when they rode. Most people—with the exception of
daring young men—didn’t ride the high-wheel.
1. Which choice provides the most precise information about
a potential effect of riders having to sit high up on the highwheel bicycle?
A. NO CHANGE
B. frightening situation in terms of their orientation.
C. dangerous tipping hazard.
D. fearful issue
On Test Day
• Students should be in test rooms by 8:15. As all LFC
who normally have 1st period off-campus are
coming to LFC that morning, plan for extra traffic if
you normally drop your child off at Lowery.
• Students should bring their ID, several pencils, and a
calculator if they wish to use one.
• Students should plan to see their 6th, 7th, and 8th
period classes– they will not go to 1st or 5th period.
• We will go to lunch a little later than normal.
Students should consider bringing a snack to eat in
Score Reports
• Expected in early December
• We will communicate with parents when score
reports arrive
• English and Math teachers will see students’ scores
so that they can use them to provide instructional
support.
If you have questions…
• Contact Shelly Holmes, Assessment Coordinator
[email protected]
972-236-0600 x 4915
• Visit the ACT Aspire website:
http://www.discoveractaspire.org/
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