What is the ACT? The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States.
The ACT has four mandatory multiple-choice sections which are always presented in the same order: (1) English, (2) Math, (3) Reading, and (4) Science. There’s also an optional (5) Writing section for a total of five test sections. The total test time without the Writing section is 2 hours and 55 minutes. The total test time with the Writing section is 3 hours and 35 minutes.
The sections within the ACT: 1. English Number of questions: 75 Time limit: 45 minutes Approximate time per question: 36 seconds Question type: Multiple choice with four answer choices 2. Math Number of questions: 60 Time limit: 60 minutes Approximate time per question: 1 minute Question type: Multiple choice with five answer choices 3. Reading Number of questions: 40 Time limit: 35 minutes Approximate time per question: 52 seconds Question type: Multiple choice with four answer choices 4. Science Number of questions: 40 Time limit: 35 minutes Approximate time per question: 52 seconds Question type: Multiple choice with four answer choices
5. Writing (Optional) Number of questions: 1 Time limit: 40 minutes Approximate time per question: 40 minutes Question type: Essay prompt
ACT Waiver: This covers the registration and late fees for the ACT In order to obtain this, you must be eligible
Who should take the ACT?
Anyone who is aiming towards pursuing a higher education e.g. going to college should most definitely take the SAT or ACT as it's used for the admissions process.
The ACT is generally known to be more time-based as you are expected to move at a faster speed in most sections compared to when taking the SAT. If you tend to work quicker, then the ACT may be the right choice for you.
When should take the ACT?
There is no best time to take the ACT, but it is best to take it as earliest as possible. The first time you can take the SAT to count for college admissions is as early as freshman year, but it is recommended to take it around your junior year as you are most prepared by that time. By then, you will already have a better foundation in both English and math.
A good time to start can be for the December testing date
What is a good ACT Score?
Each college has its interval for what they consider to be the average ACT score for that school. It's best to check where you're trying to get accepted to and try your best to fall within the 25th and 75th percentile of the school's ACT range. Albeit, having a lower than average ACT score does not mean you will automatically get rejected; the same thing goes if your ACT score is above the average. There are multiple other factors that play into college admissions. Generally, there is a trend that the more prestigious a school is, the higher the ACT average will be.
How many times should I take the ACT?
You probably do not want to take the ACT too many times as certain schools do check the amount of times you take this test. Therefore, it is recommended to not take the ACT more than 4 times as it may reflect negatively on your college application. You may want to take practice tests beforehand that allow you to obtain the general gist of your school before you take the ACT to know how much you need to practice beforehand.
How much does the ACT Cost?
FeeDetails The ACT (no writing):$52.00Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register). The ACT with writing:$68.00Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register). More about the ACT with writing Test option change$16.00:The writing test fee is refundable on written request if you are absent on test day or switch to ACT (no writing) before testing begins. Be reminded that there are also fee waivers for the ACT. If you are testing on a national test date and can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Speak to the counselors to obtain more information. 2 free ACTs, with or without the essay Other ACT fees come into play if you sign up during the late registration period, sign up by phone, change an existing registration, or if you’re admitted to an administration via the wait list.
Can I cancel an ACT Score?
If you cancel your scores, this means your test won't be graded and you won't get a score report. Students usually do this if something unexpected happens during the test– for example they get suddenly sick or an emergency pops up.
Canceling your scores does not come with a refund, so we only recommend doing this in an extreme situation. You should only cancel your scores if you can't finish the test.
Cancellation Deadline You must cancel no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Thursday after your test date. Students with disabilities might have a different deadline—see below.
Option 1: At the Test Center After the test, ask the test coordinator for a Request to Cancel Test Scores form. Complete and sign the form. Return the form to the test coordinator before leaving the center. Option 2: After You Leave the Test Center Your written, signed request must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the Thursday after the test date.
On top of that, if you absolutely do not feel satisfied with the testing session, you can delete the testing record totally by sending a written request to ACT
You can have your ACT scores sent to other colleges and scholarship agencies, even after you test. Requests are processed after your tests have been scored and all scores for your test option—the ACT or the ACT with writing—are ready.
When should I start Prepping?
With your ideal score in mind, you should prep as early as possible to begin scoring around that. If you plan on scoring +31 on the SAT, you should prep as early as sophomore/ beginning of junior year to achieve this score. It is recommended to begin with a practice test to know where you are and begin studying from there.