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ACT is conducted for admission to Undergraduate colleges in USA

ACT is held every year in the month of Feb, April, June, Sep, Oct, Dec

Writing section is optional

 ACT or Americal College Testing is conducted for admission to undergraduate courses in USA. The ACT consists of four tests; English, Maths, Reading, Science and Writing. The test was first conducted in 1959 and has become popular since then. The test is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in USA. However, the ACT score is not the only factor that can determine your admission to a college in USA. Every college select students on various other criteria like Letter of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose et al.

What is ACT ?

American College Testing or ACT is an entrance examination accepted by most colleges and universities for admission to undergraduate courses in USA. The test is developed and conducted by ACT Inc. The test measures a student’s general educational development and capability to complete college level work.

Commencement of ACT

Students can appear for ACT every year in the month of February, April, June, September, October and December.

Eligibility Criteria for ACT

A candidate must have completed 10+2 from a recognised college.

How to apply for ACT?

Registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each ACT test date. You can get registration materials from your school’s guidance counselor, or can contact ACT Inc.

Fee Structure for ACT

ACT Test:  $ 65

ACT Test with writing: $ 80.50

ACT Exam Pattern

The ACT has five sections:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Writing (Optional test for a 30 minute writing test which may be required by some colleges)

Here are the details of what each section will test you on:

Section Details
English -75 multiple choice questions-45 minutes

-Tests grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and rhetorical skills

Math -60 multiple choice questions-60 minutes

-Algebra I and II,  Geometry and some Trignometry

Reading -40 multiple choice questions-35 minutes

-Four passages (prose fiction, social studies, humanities and natural sciences) with 10 questions per passage

Science -40 multiple choice questions-35 minutes

-Questions on Science based passages presented with graphs, charts, tables and research summaries

Writing -Writing Test optional-1 essay

-30 minutes

Scoring Pattern for ACT

Students will earn one ACT score (1 to 36) on each test (English, Math, Reading and Science) and a composite ACT score, which will be an average of these four tests. The composite score falls between 1 and 36.

If, for example, a student scored 31 on the English, 30 on the Math, 29 on the Reading and 30 on the Science, his/her composite ACT score would be 30.

The ACT includes an optional essay, known as the writing test. If one takes the writing test, he/she will receive a writing test sub-score and a combined English/writing score.

How to Prepare for ACT?

The ACT is not an aptitude test but is related to what a student has learned in his/her high school courses in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. A student should concentrate on practicing his high school curriculum.

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