What is the ACT? 

From the official ACT FAQ page:

“The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

English Mathematics Reading Science

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).”

Needless to say, the ACT is important! Your ACT scores do much more than get you into colleges—they can qualify you for merit-based scholarships from colleges, in addition to national and statewide merit-based scholarships such as TOPS.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36, and many schools post the average ACT scores from their most recently admitted class. When you are studying for the ACT, be sure to visit your target (and reach and safety) schools’ Admissions webpages to see where your scores need to be.

ACT tools and resources

http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/   (This is a great tool to access ACT test questions for all subjects and has information for Financial Aid/FAFSA form)

http://www.princetonreview.com/ChooseProducts.aspx?&testtype=TBA&producttype=FRE&productdetail=OnlinePracticeTest (FREE ACT Practice Test)

ACT tips and tricks

-If you get stuck on a question, circle it in your test booklet and come back to it later.

-Answer all of the questions—there is no penalty for guessing!

-If you don’t know the answer, try to narrow it down—cross out as many of the answers as you can, and then choose the best remaining answer.

-If you don’t understand the question, ask yourself, “What is the test testing here?” The ACT assesses a few specific core skills, and if you can identify which of these big-ticket topics a question is getting at, you have a much better chance of recognizing the correct answer.


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