What is the ACT test?
The ACT is a college entrance exam. The ACT contains four multiple-choice tests—English, mathematics, reading, and science—and an optional writing test. These tests are designed to measure skills that are most important for success in post-secondary education and that are acquired in secondary education. The score range for each of the four multiple-choice tests is 1–36. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores rounded to the nearest whole number.
Why is the ACT important?
Most colleges require a college entrance exam to determine admission, placement, and scholarship opportunities. High ACT scores will provide more scholarship opportunities. Dual enrollment courses may have specific ACT requirements to enroll. Finally, students in Tennessee must have an ACT score, as part of graduation requirements. Students may retake the ACT to increase their test scores. Please talk to your school counselor to discuss when to take the ACT and how to register. Visit actstudent.org for registration, test-taking tips, and more. Visit ACT Academy, a free on-line prep test tool, sponsored by ACT. Also visit Test-prep E book, published by ACT.
Did You Know?
- ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions.
- The ACT is administered on seven national test dates each year, plus additional state and district testing dates
- The ACT is more than a college placement exam. It includes an education and career planning section, as well as a career interest inventory. You can also see your strengths and weaknesses in the subject areas tested, to assist your future educational plans.
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