ACT (American College Testing)
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT is administered 6 times a year. Some students who do not do well on the SAT find that they score better on the ACT and vice versa. Although the ACT is more widely used in the Midwestern and Southern States, it has been gaining increased popularity on the East Coast.
- Excellent resource for colleges to judge candidates for admission
- Measures math, reading and writing skills
- Is currently as widely accepted as the SAT
- Some students tend to fare better on ACT vs. SAT
- Particularly favors students who are much stronger in English/critical reading and weaker in mathematics
- Helps colleges place students in first year college courses
- Used to identify students who are qualified to receive scholarships
What areas of study does the ACT cover?
- 75 Questions
- 45 Minutes
- Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills
- 60 Questions
- 60 Minutes
- Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
- 40 Questions
- 35 Minutes
- Measures reading comprehension
- 40 Questions
- 35 Minutes
- Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences
- Optional Writing Test
- 1 Short essay
- 30 Minutes
- Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses
How is the ACT scored?
- COUNT the number of questions correct on each section, no penalty for guessing
- CONVERT raw scores to scaled scores
- COMPOSITE scores range from 1(low) to 36 (high) on each section. This is the average of the four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number
How long is the ACT test?
- 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the writing section)
How much does the ACT test cost?
- $32 ACT without writing
- $47 ACT with Writing
How do I register for the ACT?
- Please be aware of deadlines for registration for each particular test date
How do I get my ACT scores?
- Your scores will be available online within 2 ½ weeks after each test date
- You will receive a copy by mail within 3 to 8 weeks
How do I send my ACT scores?
- You can select schools to send your test scores to when you register for the ACT
- For a fee ($9) per test you can send your scores to additional schools
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How we provide the edge…
- Compare ACT and SAT practice test results to determine which test best suits each student
- Help students understand the differences between both tests
- Personalized approach to the ACT preparation process. No two students are alike, so why should their ACT program be identical?
- Focused on identifying trouble spots that challenge different students
- Accustomed to understanding the learning needs of individual students
- Understand that some students face time constraints; we offer programs to accommodate these needs
- Offer Full Practice Tests – Full actual previous ACT’s are administered the weekend before each ACT to give students real-time ACT experience
- Experienced ACT Tutors (ranging from 5 to 12 years of experience)
- Tutors all attended top-ranked universities
- Demonstrate our success with our Wall of Fame, (wall lists high scores and different levels of achievement)
- Operate available 7 days a week
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