What is the ACT?
The full form of ACT is American College Testing. The ACT is a standardized test that is administered by the non-profit ACT to ascertain the college readiness of a high school student.
It was introduced as a competitor to the SAT in 1959, and the two tests closely mirror each other in their objective (serving as a reliable indicator of college preparedness for high school students) and the framework adopted to achieve that objective. For the last 5 years, both ACT and SAT are accepted by almost all major universities for undergraduate admissions in the US.
Though ACT does not specifically list any prerequisites for the exam, it is generally taken by 13+-year-old high school students. There are no age or grade restrictions to appear for the exam. However, you will need an International credit/debit card to register for the exam and a valid International passport to serve as a valid identification proof.
ACT Exam Pattern
ACT assigns higher importance to curriculum-based learning inside the school instead of just raw aptitude, as compared to the SAT. It tests you on areas related to English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The endurance of the individual is tested along with the knowledge, as the test stretches for around 3 hours in total. You can add 40 minutes to the total time if you have opted for a writing essay too. The test comprises of 215 multiple-choice questions. No negative marking is there, so intelligent guessing is recommended.
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When should I take the ACT?
Most high school students take the ACT, SAT, or both during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. It’s important to leave time to re-take the test if you need to raise your score before you apply to college. The ACT exam is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February*, April, June, and July*.
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February or July test dates. No test centers are scheduled in California for the July test date.
What is on the ACT?
There are four ACT Sections
The ACT also includes an optional 40-minute Writing Test. Some colleges may require that you complete the ACT Writing Test. You can confirm each college’s admissions policies on the school website.
How long is the ACT?
The ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes long. If you choose to take the ACT with Essay, the test will be 3 hours and 35 minutes long.
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
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