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Attention Students and Parents!

These are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the


Why take the ACT?

The ACT is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States.

The ACT multiple-choice tests are based on what you're learning.

  • There are many ways to prepare for the ACT.
  • The ACT helps you plan for your future.
  • The ACT helps colleges find you.
  • Your ACT score is based only on what you know.
  • You choose which scores you send to colleges.
  • Optional Writing Test.

Q: What is the ACT?

A: The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

English Mathematics Reading Science

Q: What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

A: The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.

Q: When should I test?

A: Pick a test date that is at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to. Scores for the ACT (No Writing) are normally reported within 3–8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT Plus Writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including Writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.

Q: Who can take the ACT?

A: People of all ages and grade levels are eligible to take the ACT. This includes students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 and high school graduates. Of course you'll need to register and pay the test fees