The ACT (American College Testing) is a Paper-based and computer-based standardized test that is required to be taken by applicants who are interested in seeking Undergraduate admissions to colleges in the United States & as well as more than 225 universities outside of the U.S. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. ACT measures knowledge, understanding and skills that are acquired in school.
The exam lasts for 3 hours and 55 minutes. It comprises 4 sections English, Mathematics, Reading and Science, and one optional Essay section. Final score is an average of 4 sections and is reported on a scale of 1-36.
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|1||Why take it||Colleges use Act scores for admission & merit-based scholarship.||Colleges use Sat scores for admission & merit-based scholarship.|
2hrs,55 minutes (without essay)
3hrs,55 minutes (without essay)
|4||Reading||4reading passages||5reading passages|
|5||Science||Science section testing your critical thinking skills.||None|
|You can use a calculator on all math question||Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator|
|8||Essays||Eessay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.||Essay will test your comprehension of a source text.|
|9||How it's scored||Scored on a scale of 1–36||Scored on a scale of 400-1600|
ACT includes a Science section
SAT includes math section which you may not use a calculator
Facts about ACT
The ACT exam is administered by the ACT, Incorporated. ACT full form is American College Testing. It is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students looking for admission in undergraduate schools based in the US and Canada. The ACT exam has been developed to evaluate the written, mathematical, verbal, and scientific skills of the candidates.
How does the ACT benefit me?
The ACT can benefit students in many ways. First and foremost, a good score will give a greater chance of being accepted to the college of your choice. The final ACT score also gives a good idea of your academic standing, which can be extremely helpful when planning your educational path.
ACT score will highlight areas in which you may need to improve, and can plan accordingly by enrolling in any necessary review courses.
The ACT also offers students an "interest inventory" feature. This feature compares your final test scores against accepted national averages and helps you to determine what careers are best suited to you.
When should I take the ACT?
Most high school students take the ACT, SAT during Vacations so they get enough time to prepare for test or re-take the test if needed to raise the score before applying to college. The ACT exam is offered nationally every year in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July.
Since ACT is primarily for high school students, there are no particular eligibility criteria to appear for ACT Fluency in English assumed.
The highest achievable score on the ACT is 36. A student score is determined by awarding points for all questions answered correctly. No points are deducted for wrong answers.
Each section of the ACT is graded separately, and these scores are averaged to create a composite score for the entire exam. This is your final score, and it is this score that provides college admissions boards with an accurate measure of your skills in the various areas that have been tested.
- ACT Scores are released two weeks after the test date.
- ACT Scores can be accessed through students' ACT accounts.
- Writing test scores are released separately and do not affect the composite score of the candidate.
- The composite ACT score ranges from 1 to 36
ACT scoring for writing tests and multiple-choice tests is different. For multiple-choice tests, a raw score of 1 is awarded for one correct answer and no marks for the wrong answer.
- For a test of 40 questions, a maximum of 40 can be scored and for 60 questions test, a maximum raw score of 60 can be scored.
- Then from each of the tests, these raw scores are converted to a scale of 1-36.
- The composite score is the average score of converted scaled scores of the four tests which are rounded off to the nearest whole number.
- The ACT writing test is scored on a scale of 2 – 12. The test is evaluated by two examiners on a scale of 1 – 6 on four parameters namely ideas and analysis, development and support, organization and language use
- If there is a difference of more than one point between the two examiners in the awarded score then a third examiner evaluates the test.
- The final score for the writing test is derived by adding both marks of both the evaluators'.
- Students' English Writing and Reading scores are again converted on a scale to formulate the English Language Arts (ELA) score.