What is ACT Test?

  • The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.
  • The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.
  • College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA

The ACT® test motivates students to perform to their best ability. Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.

Who the ACT Test is for?

  • The ACT test is designed for the 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade levels to provide schools and districts with the data necessary to position students for success after high school.
  • The ACT exam is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February*, April, June, and July*.  ACT test dates.

What the ACT Measures?

The ACT contains four multiple-choice tests—English, mathematics, reading, and science—and an optional writing test. The score range for each of the four multiple-choice tests is 1–36. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number.

  • ACT English Test
  • ACT Mathematics Test
  • ACT Reading Test
  • ACT Science Test
  • ACT Writing Test (Optional)

How long is the ACT?

How is the ACT Scored?

  • Each section of the ACT is scored on a 1-to-36-point scale.
  • Your composite ACT score is the average of your four section scores, also on a scale from 1 to 36.
  • If you take the ACT with Writing Test, you will receive a separate score on the Writing Test.

Should I take the ACT or the SAT

  • Most colleges and universities will accept scores from either the SAT or ACT, and do not favor one test over the other.
  • Amid COVID-19 discover which test ACT/SAT best suits your leaning style.

 How do I register for the ACT?

  • Registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each ACT test date.
  • You can get registration materials from your school counselor, or you can register online on the ACT website.

 How can I prep for the ACT

  • Registration To score high students can use Socrato to practice online and get insights beyond scores.
  • You Socrato’s Companion Series helps you get the most from your Official Study Guide.

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