The ACT College and Career Readiness Testing

ACT Testing at Odyssey has been completed for the 2021 academic year.

Any Junior or Senior who has not yet taken the test should sign up for the national test here: Register for the National ACT


  • The US Department of Education and the Nevada Department of Education have not waived ACT as a requirement due to the pandemic. Participation in the ACT is required in order to graduate with a High School Diploma from Nevada for the Class of 2021 and beyond.

To be eligible for graduation, all students must now participate in Nevada’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) assessment in their junior year.  A particular score on the CCR assessment is not required for graduation, but certain scores have benefits such as avoiding remedial college courses, scholarship awards, and college entrance.  Nevada has contracted with the ACT Plus Writing.  This exam is done on the computer and will take approximately four hours.

  • Students cannot leave early from the testing session.
  • Students are not admitted if they are tardy to the assigned testing session.
  • There will only be one start time for testing which will be 7:30 am.

This is a timed test.  Students are not allowed to return to a section once it has completed.  They are also not allowed to work ahead.  CLICK HERE to download a study guide.

Typical ACT testing schedule

English 45 minutes 75 questions
Math 60 minutes 60 questions
BREAK 15 minutes
Reading 35 minutes 40 questions
Science 35 minutes 40 questions
BREAK 5 minutes
Writing 40 minutes 1 essay
  • The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges & universities in the United States
  • The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.
  • The ACT is administered in all 50 states and many other countries.
  • Points are given for correct answers. No points are deducted for wrong answers.
  • Each section is graded separately and are averaged to create a composite score.
  • Earning a 21 composite score on the ACT (& meeting all other qualifications) a student would be eligible for the Millennium Scholarship.  Click here to read about this opportunity
  • College of Southern Nevada (CSN) requires an 18 on the English and a 22 on the math to avoid completion of remedial classes.

TESTING ENVIRONMENT: At Odyssey, our students complete this exam on the computer as they do all of their curriculum.  Students face their computer to while engaging in the test which creates a one on one experience with the exam. Testing corrals allow students to be free from distractions.  Earplugs are available upon request.

Testing Accommodations:  According to ACT, “Each request for accommodation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis using appropriate documentation. If a particular element of documentation is not provided, the diagnostician must explain why it is not included in the submission.”.  Students must have a 504, IEP or LEP documentation on file at Odyssey.  Parents will request submission of accommodations to ACT by November 15th.  To read ACT’s policy on granting testing accommodations, please CLICK HERE.

Provided materials: Calculators (TI-84 Plus CE and/or scientific), scratch paper, pencils, foam earplugs upon request.

CELL PHONES, smart watches or other electronic devices are not permitted.