Spotlight On: ACT
ACT - originally stood for “American College Testing” but was shortened as the test evolved
Everett Franklin Lindquist
When is the test administered?
September, October, December, February , April, June
Where to register:
Who should take the test?
- High school students preparing to enter college
- If words aren't your thing, you may do better on the ACT
- If you hate writing, the ACT writing section is optional.
- If you're weak in one content area but strong in others, you could still end up with a very good ACT score so the ACT would be a better choice for you.
- English 75 questions in 45 minutes.
- Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills
- Math 60 questions in 60 minutes
- Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12
- Reading 40 questions in 35 minutes
- Measures reading comprehension
- Science 40 questions in 35 minutes
- Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences
- Optional Writing Section 1 prompt in 30 minutes
- Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses
About .076% of test takers score a perfect 36.
Where can I learn more?