Counselor’s Corner

ACT Test Dates 2023-2024

Test Date                                              Registration Deadline                          Late Fee Required

September 9,2023                                   Aug. 4                                                          Aug. 18

October 28, 2023                                      Sept. 22                                                        Oct. 6

December 9, 2023                                    Nov. 3                                                          Nov. 17

February 10, 2024                                    Jan. 5                                                           Jan. 19

April 13, 2024                                           March 8                                                        March 22

June 8, 2024                                             May 3                                                             May 17

July 13, 2024                                              June 7                                                         June 21


* Test Information Release for the 2023-2024 testing year will occur in Sept., April, and June.

By purchasing Test Information Release (TIR), you will receive a digital copy of the multiple-choice test questions, your answers, a copy of your answer document, the answer key, and the conversion table used in determining your ACT scores. If you tool the optional writing test, you will receive a copy of the writing prompt, the writing test scoring rubric, and your essay scores.

You can expect digital TIR materials to be provided within MyACT a few weeks after your score release. If you requested and were approved for alternate formats (April testing only), these materials will be prepared one your TIR report is available in MyACT and may take up to 8 weeks.

You can order TIR in MyACT during registration and for 6 months following test date.


* Test Information Release:

$32.00 IF the order is placed before the test begins.

$40.00 If the order is placed after the test.


 What is the ACT used for?

ACT or SAT scores are requested by most colleges and universities as a part of the admission process.  Your results provide one way for colleges to measure your potential for:


Scholarship evaluation

State aid (MTAG, MESG, and HELP Grant)

Academic advising

Course placement (development classes)


College Scholarships and Information

These are websites that may have scholarship applications and college info that you may find helpful. You need to be aware of any deadline dates and keep these in mind. Many of these sites have info relating to majors and career that you might find interesting and beneficial. Check this section frequently as it will be updated as new information becomes available. DO NOT REPLY TO ANY SITE THAT REQUESTS YOU TO PAY FOR ANY SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH OR GUARANTEES TO FIND YOU SCHOLARSHIPS. THESE ARE SCAMS! You can find plenty of scholarship applications on your own. DO NOT PAY!

College Application General Information

  1. Deer Creek School (CEEB) Code: 250-075
  2. School Information
    • Address: P.O. Box 376, Arcola, MS 38722
    • Phone number: (662) 827-5165
    • Fax number: (662) 827-5128
  3. Make an individual folder for each application. List all deadlines (application, financial aid, scholarships, etc.) on the outside of the folder.
  4. Make a photocopy of each application to use as a rough draft. Do not write on the original until you are absolutely sure of what you want to say.
  5. Give the Teacher Recommendation form to the appropriate teacher as soon as possible. Allow that teacher two weeks to write your letter. You need to also give that teacher a copy of your resume and a stamped address envelope.
  6. Sign your application and enclose the application fee if one is required.
  7. Make a copy of your application, essay, and application fee check for your files. Be sure to record the date you mailed the application on the outside of the folder.
  8. If you apply online, be sure to print a copy of your form before you submit it and keep it in your folder. Be sure to date when you submitted your application.
  9. Always ask a parent, teacher, counselor, etc. to proof your application for errors before you mail the original.
  10. Type or neatly print your application in BLACK ink. Remember your application is speaking for you – make it impressive.
  11. A transcript will be sent to the college(s) you apply to. Let the counselor know if you need a partial transcript sent and where to send it. Upon graduation, a complete transcript of your high school career including ACT scores will be sent to the college(s) you request. Most colleges will grant provisional acceptance on your partial transcript knowing that your complete transcript will follow after graduation.
  12. Be sure to check your scholarship deadline. Many of these do not extend past the month of February.

ACT Prep

Info packets are available on the table outside the counselor’s office. The cost is $47.00 per test. Students may register at  They will need to set up an account if they do not have one. Most have a login and a password. They need to keep this in a safe place as they can use the account to check scores and register each time they test. They also need to bring a copy of the scores to put in their file at school.

Free website to study for the ACT include the following sites below. Most have free practice tests and methods to track progress made through the programs. Some of the sites have valuable information about college, finances for college, and other important tidbits for students and parents. Take time to go through each of these sites and utilize what is available. Also, each child in grades 10-12 is given a practice booklet with practice tests for the ACT. Encourage your child to work these booklets and utilize these websites: