The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States, measuring high school students’ readiness for college.

What is ACT

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It consists of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, with an optional Writing Test.

How ACT score is calculated 

Each section of the ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Your composite ACT score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. If you take the optional Writing Test, you will receive a separate score for it.

When should students take the ACT

Most high school students take the ACT during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. It’s important to leave time to re-take the test if needed before college applications.

Are students allowed to take multiple ACTs

Students are allowed to take the ACT up to 12 times. However, it’s important to consider the practical constraints of time and test dates.

Can you combine ACT scores from two different attempts 

Through a process called Superscoring, you can combine your best subject scores from multiple ACT attempts to form your best overall composite score.

How is the ACT score sent to Colleges 

You can send your ACT scores to colleges and scholarship agencies through your MyACT account after your tests have been scored.

Best practices for taking the ACT

  • Familiarize yourself with the test format and content.
  • Take practice tests to identify areas for improvement.
  • Develop a study plan and focus on sections that are difficult for you.
  • Practice time management and test-taking strategies.
  • Consider retaking the test if you believe you can improve your scores.