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The university/ college admissions and placement test taken by almost 2 million high school graduates in USA every year

The ACT® test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to undertake a rigorous university program. The weight placed on ACT or SAT varies from university to university. Other factors taken into account usually include your overall GPA, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews and personal essays.

The ACT multiple-choice tests cover 4 sections: English, Math, Reading and Science.

The 30-minute Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning, crafting and writing a short essay. Ask your university if they need it.

You earn one ACT score (1 to 36) on each test (English, Math, Reading and Science) and a composite score, which is an average score of these four tests. The national average composite score in USA is 21.

The ACT is well accepted for university admission in United States and its territories and is the alternative to the SAT.

You should check with the university whether they take ACT or SAT or both.

The ACT is curriculum-based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The ACT questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses In USA, in areas such as English, Mathematics and Science. As the ACT tests are based on what is taught in US high school curriculum, most American students are generally more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests, like SAT.

What is the strength of the ACT? The ACT is more than just a test. It also provides test takers with a unique interest inventory that provides valuable information for career and educational planning.

Some students take both ACT and SAT to demonstrate to university admission officers that they are smart.


For more information about ACT, visit: www.act.org