What is ACT?
ACT stands for American College Testing and is a standardized test used by colleges and universities in the United States for admissions purposes. The test measures high school students' academic readiness for college by evaluating their skills in English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional).
When to take the ACT?
The ACT is administered on several dates throughout the year, typically in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. Students can register for the ACT online through the official website. It is recommended that students take the ACT in their junior year of high school, although some students may choose to take it earlier or later depending on their individual circumstances.
What is covered in ACT?
The ACT consists of four multiple-choice sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. The English section tests students' grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. The Math section measures students' mathematical skills, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The Reading section assesses students' reading comprehension, while the Science section tests students' scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. The Writing section is optional and measures students' essay writing skills.
How is the ACT scored?
The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 for each of the four multiple-choice sections, with a composite score calculated by averaging the four section scores. The optional Writing section is scored on a scale of 2 to 12. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so it is recommended that students answer every question to the best of their ability.
What is required for ACT?
To take the ACT, students will need to register online, pay the registration fee, and bring a photo ID and their admission ticket to the testing center. Students may also bring a calculator, pencils, and a watch to the testing center. It is recommended that students arrive at least 30 minutes before the test start time.
How long is the ACT?
The ACT takes approximately three hours to complete, with an additional 40 minutes for the optional Writing section. The English section takes 45 minutes, the Math section takes 60 minutes, the Reading section takes 35 minutes, and the Science section takes 35 minutes. There is also a 10-minute break provided during the testing session.