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All you need to know about ACT

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All you need to know about ACT

American College Testing (ACT) is a leading US standardised admission test recognised and considered by many educational institutions and universities in the USA. It helps measure what you learn in high school and your general education development which

By Rohit Gaikwad 30th Jun, 2016 07:22 pm

American College Testing (ACT) is a leading US standardised admission test recognised and considered by many educational institutions and universities in the USA. It helps measure what you learn in high school and your general education development which determines your academic readiness for college. It is a paper-based test which evaluates your knowledge in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing (optional). ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities in the USA although different educational institutions lay different emphases on ACT compared to other standardised tests. Candidates looking for admission to an undergraduate course can appear for either ACT or SAT. The annual number of test takers of high school candidates is over 1.84 million across the globe.

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Registration

  • Registration through post-mail is done only if a candidate is under 13 years or does not have a credit card to pay the exam fee.

The Format

Sections

Time Allotted

No. of Questions

Sub-Sections

English

45

75

  • Focuses on usage and mechanics
  • Rhetorical skills

Mathematics

60

60

  • 14 pre-algebra questions
  • 10 elementary algebra questions
    Nine intermediate algebra questions
  • 14 plain geometry questions
  • Nine coordinate geometry questions
  • Four elementary trigonometry questions

Reading

35

40

  • Four passages which consist of 10 question each

Science Reasoning

35

40

  • Seven passages

Each consists of 5–7 questions
Passages have three different formats:
Three on data representation
Three on research summary
One on a conflicting view point

Writing (optional)

30

One  essay

Essay on broad social issues

Important Tips:

1)     Subject test scores range from 1 to 36, while English, Mathematics and Reading tests have sub-scores which range from 1 to 18.

2)     The Writing test (optional) scores range from 1 to 36 (previously being 2–12). Writing scores do not affect the composite score, which is the average of all four test sections.

3)     There is no negative marking or penalty on incorrect answers in the multiple choice section.

4)     ACT is offered 6 times per year to candidates of the USA and Canada, while the other countries can attempt it 5 times per year.

Exam Fee:

The Act exam fee is $38.00 without writing and is about $54.50 with writing.

Applicants residing outside US and Canada need to pay an extra fee of $37.

Fee waivers are available for only permanent residents of the USA.

 

College Admissions:

ACT authorities provide a composite average for colleges and universities across the USA along with their admission policies.

The table below provides the range of average composite scores:

 

Category

Average Scores

Highly Selective

27–30

Selective

25–27

Traditional

22–24

Liberal

18–21

Open

17–20

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