What is the ACT?

Like the SAT, the ACT is a multiple-choice standardized test accepted by many colleges and universities in the US as part of the undergraduate admissions application. It is an alternative testing requirement to the SAT, so students who are not well-suited to the SAT may take the ACT instead. It is made up of four sections – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science – and an additional, optional Writing section, bringing the duration of the test to 3 hours and 35 minutes.

How is it scored?

Each of the first four sections of the test – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science – is scored on a scale from 0 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. These four scores are then averaged to yield a composite score from 0 to 36. Students who complete the optional Writing section will receive a separate score from 0 to 12.

How can I prepare for it?

Like the SAT, the ACT tests your reasoning abilities and is unlike your school assessments, which assess you on how well you know the subject matter. The ACT, however, is more time-intensive than the SAT in that you have to answer more questions in less time. To succeed at the ACT, one must develop a level of pattern-recognition slightly higher than that required on the SAT to identify question types quickly and their respective solutions.


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