The American College Test, or ACT, is a standardized test that assesses the knowledge acquired by high school students up to the beginning of grade 12. Most colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT. The ACT is regarded as a highly effective method for determining the level of education acquired by a student as well as the effectiveness of the education provided by high schools.
Most students take the ACT for the first time during their junior year of high school and for the second time during their senior year. Students are allowed to take the test as many times as they choose.
Registering for the ACT can be done by mail or on-line. Students can register to take the basic ACT or the ACT Plus Writing. The basic ACT consists of multiple-choice questions in the areas of Reading, English, Math, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing contains an additional essay portion. Many colleges require this essay, so students are advised to check the requirements for their intended college. Review an ACT test study guide or study using ACT test so that you strengthen any sections that might be more difficult for you on the exam.
The articles on this site will provide you with the specific information you will need to understand the contents of the ACT, how to register for the ACT, and how to handle various concerns you may have regarding the ACT. These articles provide an overview of various ACT-related issues. Students are advised to consult the official ACT website at www.act.org or to discuss the ACT with their high school guidance counselor.
ACT sends three types of score reports: college reports, student reports, and high school reports. College reports will be sent to the four colleges or scholarship agencies selected by the student. The score reports reflect an overall composite score, four subject area scores, and seven subscores. An additional score will be provided if the student takes the ACT Plus Writing. The subject and composite scores will range from 1 to 36 and the subscores will range from 1 to 18.
ACT English Test
Sample English Questions Pt. 1
Sample English Questions Pt. 2
ACT Writing Test