About the ACT

The ACT is a standardized test that is accepted by most colleges and universities across America for admissions. Most colleges and universities accept either the ACT or the SAT and use these scores as a factor in your chances for admissions, among other criteria including high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, personal essays, and possibly interviews as well.

What are the ACT Sections?

The ACT is broken down into four sections:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science

* Plus optional Essay

How’s the ACT Scored?

Each of the 4 subject sections of the ACT will receive a scaled score between 1 and 36. Each of these 4 scaled section scores will be averaged to create your composite score, which also falls between the range of 1 and 36.

Should I Take the ACT or the SAT?

Since 2016, the SAT has become much more similar to the ACT. Your best bet in deciding whether you should take the ACT or the SAT is to take a simulated diagnostic test for both of these tests and compare the composite scores.

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