Explore Testing

EXPLORE testing will take place for 8th grade students tomorrow. We will begin promptly in the morning. Students who are late will not be able to take the test.

More than ever before, it is important that all students have the skills needed to be successful in college and the workplace. Becoming college-ready does not happen overnight; students develop these skills by taking rigorous courses in high school.

EXPLORE helps 8th and 9th graders build high school course plans that will prepare them for college and work and introduces them to career options that are relevant to them. It shows your son or daughter:

  • areas needing extra help or additional courses;
  • suggestions for improving skills;
  • careers that match the student’s interests

EXPLORE scores provide early indicators of whether students are on track for college. With plenty of time before students graduate, teachers can use this information to focus on areas of need.

What is the ACT?

The ACT is an important test that colleges use to help them make admissions and scholarship decisions. Students who take EXPLORE are more likely to score higher on the ACT test.

Why is it important for your child to do his/her best on EXPLORE?

Your child’s teachers and counselors will use your child’s EXPLORE results to help him/her build plans for the future. They want to see what your child knows now, so they know what your child is ready to learn next.

What should your child bring on test day?

3 sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers

a 4-function, scientific or graphing calculator for the math test

ACT regularly updates information about which calculators are prohibited. To be certain their calculators will be permitted on test day, students should visit their website or call (800) 498-6481 for a recorded message.

Tips for helping your child do his/her best on the EXPLORE

  • Make sure he/she gets plenty of sleep the night before the test.
  • Tell him/her to listen to and follow directions exactly.
  • EXPLORE is a timed test, so tell your child to pace him-/herself. He/she shouldn’t spend too much time on any one question.
  • If he/she isn’t sure of the answer, he/she should first rule out every wrong answer. Then, pick the best answer from those left.
  • If your child finishes early, he/she should go back and review his/her work.

Want to learn more about EXPLORE?

Check out some EXPLORE sample test questions at here.




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