ACT Testing Information

The ACT is a college entrance exam that many colleges and universities in the United States use as part of the college admissions process. Missouri Military Academy encourages all 11-12 grade cadets to take the ACT at least once, but they are given multiple opportunities throughout the year to take it. 

What is the ACT? The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process. Learn more about the ACT here.

How can cadets prepare for the ACT? Every year, cadets are given the opportunity to attend an ACT Boot Camp. The ACT Weekend Boot Camp has shown dramatic results in improving test scores. On average, cadets who attend the ACT Boot Camp average a 3-7 point increase, which represents a 30-40% percentile point jump. 

Why is a high ACT score important? In addition to using an ACT score for admissions decisions, most universities also use ACT scores as they award scholarship money. Every school sets their own criteria, but raising your ACT score by just a point or two may significantly impact the size of your scholarship. A number of schools also use ACT tests scores as placement tests for classes you can take as a freshman. Having a higher score may allow you to take a more advanced class rather than the entry level course in a subject area.  

When is the test offered? The ACT test is offered on 6 Saturday dates each year (September, October, December, February, April, June, and July – see the ACT website for the exact dates this year). MMA does not serve as a testing center for any of these dates, but will provide transportation to the nearest test center. Cadets wishing to tests on a Saturday should register to test at Mexico High School (if that test center is not available for a specific date, speak to Mr Roundey about alternatives). MMA does serve as test center for two special school day testing options in October and April.

How do you sign up to take the ACT? If you would like to take the ACT on one of the Saturday dates, cadets should create an account and register at Information about the school day testing events at MMA will be sent out to cadets and parents in early September and February each year.

Questions? Email Director of College and Career Placement William Roundey at