What is the ACT®?

The letters ACT formerly stood for “American College Testing,” but now the tests that make up the ACT are referred to as the ACT English Test, ACT Science Test, ACT Math Test, ACT Reading, and the ACT Writing Test, with the word ACT just being the company’s name.

The ACT consists of five tests that are used to assess college readiness and are utilized by college campuses to determine eligibility and suitableness of applicants.

How is the ACT scored?

When you take the ACT, you are scored on a scale of 1 to 36.  36 is the highest score possible.  Each ACT test has a scoring rubric that determines the number of points awarded based on the number of questions answered correctly.  For example, getting 50 math questions correct might correspond to a score of 29.  The average of your four tests (Math, English, Reading and Grammar) is equal to your ACT score.

Am I penalized for guessing on the ACT?

No.  For this reason, you should never leave any question blank.

How long is the ACT test?

The ACT consists of 215 multiple choice questions and one written essay question.  The total test taking time is 3 hours and 25 minutes, including the ACT Writing Test.  Of course there are breaks in between each section, so the total time you will be at your test center will be longer than this.

How many times can I take the ACT?

You can test as many times as you want.  You can decide which score you want to send to the colleges you are applying to, so there is no disadvantage in testing again.

Should I take the ACT again?

According to a study by the organization that conducts the ACT test, some students score a point higher on their first re-test.  You decide what test scores you want to send to colleges, so there is no disadvantage in testing on the ACT again.

With a thorough  ACT prep program, such as what we offer with our Baton Rouge Prep Camp, followed by a re-test, you can see an increase in your scores.

What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

The main difference between the ACT and the SAT is that the ACT is considered an achievement test, which measures what the student has learned throughout his school career, whereas the SAT focuses on reasoning and verbal abilities.  The tests have different questions and question types, although typically students who score in a certain percentile in the ACT will be found in a similar percentile on the SAT.

Who can take the ACT?

There is no age limit on the ACT.  Anyone can take the ACT, including students in middle school and high school graduates.

Why should I take the ACT?

The ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities.  By taking the ACT you can open doors for applying to college and for scholarships.  Students who are not yet near high school graduation can benefit from taking the ACT because they’ll become familiar with the test and more prepared to take it again in 11th or 12th grade.

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