- Will my college accept the ACT as an enrollment requirement?
The ACT is required and preferred by more four-year colleges than any other exam, according to their own research. All Ivy League schools accept ACT scores. If you're not sure, call your college admissions office and ask.
- Some kids say the ACT is easier than the SAT. Is that true?
It depends on the student. The ACT is a curriculum-based test, which means it covers the information that was offered in high school. It's not an IQ test or aptitude test with questions that concern problem-solving or reasoning skills.
- What is the scoring system?
The score you receive will be a composite score ranging from 1 to 36.
The test actually consists of four categories: English, Math, Science, and Reading. Each test category has an individual score that ranges from 1-36. Your ultimate score will be a composite, or an average, of the category scores.
- How many kids score a 36?
About 1 in 6000.
- What's the average score?
The average for 2005 was 20.9.
- How many times can I take the test?
You can take the test as often as it's offered (one test per session). Don't get carried away, though. Colleges will notice if you take the test 5 or 6 times, and it might look strange. It's a good idea to take the test once as a junior and once or twice as a senior.
- Should I take the SAT and the ACT?
That is entirely up to you. It might be a good idea, since some students do fare better at one or the other. Again, don't get carried away and over-test. If you have the time and opportunity, go ahead and try each in your junior year to see which format you prefer.
- Does it really help to take a test again?
Sometimes it does. According to ACT, 55% of students improved their scores in a re-test.
- How long is the test?
The basic test is 4 hours long, but you might want to add on the optional Writing Test, which is an additional 30 minutes.
- What is the time breakdown?
The English portion is 45 minutes; the Math is 60 minutes; Reading is 35 minutes; Science is 35 minutes. The optional Writing section is 30 minutes.
- What if I have more questions?
You can find the answers to your questions and sign-up information at the ACT FAQ site.