What is the ACT?
The ACT is a standardized test used by colleges and universities to determine if you have the knowledge base needed to be successful in college. They compare your scores to other students who have applied so they can select the students most likely to do well. For a college, it’s important to admit students who can make it through their programs. This can affect student loan funding if they have high dropout rates and it leaves a scar on their reputation as well.
When do I take the ACT?
You should plan to take the ACT for the first time no later than the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year. Some students choose to take it earlier their junior year, so they have time to take it again if they are not happy with their score.
What does the ACT test?
The ACT has five sections that include a set amount of questions. You are given a specific amount of time to complete each section. You cannot return to a section after you’ve moved on to the next.
- English – 45 minutes, 75 questions
- Math – 60 minutes, 60 questions
- Science – 35 minutes, 40 questions
- Reading – 35 minutes, 40 questions
- Optional 40-minute writing test. Check with the schools you are interested in attending to see if they require the writing portion of the exam.
How do I register for the ACT?
You must register in advance and should plan to spend about 30 minutes on your online registration. You will need a computer with an internet connection, a form of payment, high school course details, and a headshot photo of yourself. Late fees will apply if you register after that deadline. If this happens, you may need to wait for the next test date. The full ACT test will cost $55 without the writing section, or $70 with it.
What can I take with me when I take the ACT?
- Mask- If testing soon
- Photo ID
- A copy of the ticket to the test center
- Number 2 pencils
- Calculator – You should research which calculators are permitted because if you bring the wrong kind, you won’t be able to use it.