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ACT : OVERVIEW OF THE ACT

♦Why take the ACT?

The ACT is accepted by virtually all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and preferred by many of the colleges and universities from non-coastal states.
• The ACT multiple-choice tests are based on what you're learning in high school.
The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day that you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test.
• There are many ways to prepare for the ACT.
Taking challenging courses in high school is the best way to prepare, but the ACT also offers a number of test preparation options including free online practice tests, testing tips for each subject area tested, and the free student booklet Preparing for the ACT. However, studies have shown that taking test prep classes such as at New Hope improve student scores on standardized tests that working with test prep books alone.
• The ACT helps you plan for your future.
In addition to the tests, the ACT also provides you with a unique Interest Inventory and a Student Profile Section. By responding to these sections, which ask about your interests, courses, and educational preferences, you provide to colleges a profile of your work in high school and your career choices..
• The ACT helps colleges find you.
By taking the ACT, you make yourself visible to colleges and scholarship agencies..
• Your ACT score is based only on what you know.
The ACT is the only college admission test based on the number of correct answers—you are not penalized for guessing.
• You choose which scores you send to colleges.
When you register for the ACT, you can choose up to four colleges to which ACT will send your scores as part of the basic fee for your test option. If you take the test more than once, you choose which test date results the colleges will receive. ACT sends scores only for the test date you select.
• Optional Writing Test.
Because not at colleges require a writing test for admission, the ACT offers you the choice of whether or not you want to spend the extra time and money taking the Writing Test. Writing is a important skill for college and work, but schools use different methods to measure your writing skills. 


§ Structure of the ACT
♦ The ACT Format

The ACT test is made up of four individual tests, each of which is designed to measure academic achievement in a major area: English, mathematics, reading, and natural sciences.

•The test is about three hours long.
•There will be a short break between the second and third subtests.
•The test consists of a total 215 scored questions.
•The test is comprised of four subject tests:

  Subject       Time            Number of Questions                   
English 45 75
Math 60 60
Reading 35 40
Science Reasoning       35 40
Optional Writing Test              30 1 Essay Question


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