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Basic things to know about the ACT

The ACT (American College Testing) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions based on comparing all applicants.
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Basic things to know about the ACT

What is the ACT and why is it important?

The ACT (American College Testing) is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions based on comparing all applicants. The weight placed on ACT scores varies from school to school. Other important factors that schools consider in their admissions decisions are your high school GPA, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews and personal essays. For more specific information on the importance of ACT scores at the schools you're interested in, contact the admissions offices directly.

The ACT is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February, April and June.

What specifically does the ACT test?

The ACT has four sections: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as an optional 30-minute writing test. Some schools may require the writing test, so be sure to ask before you take it. You'll earn one ACT score (1 to 36) on each test (English, Math, Reading and Science) and a composite ACT score, which is an average of these four tests. Usually, when people ask about your score, they're referring to your composite ACT score. The composite score falls between 1 and 36. The national average is about 21. If you want to know how many score is good enough for your dream school, please click here to check out School search.

When should I take the ACT?

Students have traditionally taken the ACT in the spring of their junior year and, if necessary, again in the fall of their senior year. However, more and more students are choosing to take their first ACT earlier, such as during the fall of their junior year. This gives them more flexibility to retake the ACT test one or more times, or to take the SAT or SAT subject tests. Registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each ACT test date.You can get registration materials from your school's guidance counselor or register online at www.ACT.org.

If you want to prepare carefully for your ACT, do not hesitate to contact us for more information about Prep online courses. 


 

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