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What is the ACT?

American College Testing Program

Unlike the SAT, which measures REASONING in math and verbal, the ACT measures ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT in English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT consists of four 35-50 minute multiple choice tests - each representing one topic. Students receive 4 separate scores, ranging from 1(lowest) to 36(highest), as well as a composite score. The average composite score on the ACT is 20.5.

Structure of the ACT

English 75 45
Math 60 60
Reading 40 35
Science 40 35

The ACT used to be used primarily by colleges in the Midwest, but now its acceptance as a substitute for the SAT I is expanding. Consult with your high-school counselor or the Colleges.com College Search Engine to find out if a school requires or accepts that ACT.

The ACT is administered 5 times a year. Click here for dates and registration deadlines.

For more information on ACT registration, check the ACT website!

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