American College Testing(ACT)
What is ACT all about ?
ACT test a standardized college entrance examination that measures knowledge and skills in English ,mathematics reading/writing and science reasoning as well as the applications of these skill to future academic tasks.
The ACT is made up for four curriculums- based multiple choice tests and an additional writing portion.
• English- 75 items, 45 minutes
• Mathematics- 60 items, 60 minutes
• Reading test – 40 items, 35 minutes
• Science Test – 40 items, 35 minutes
• Writing Test – 30 minutes
• Score Validity : 5 Years
What happens to my ACT results?
The ACT is accepted by all four year colleges and universities in USA and in Canada. You can choose up to four colleges to send your ACT results for free.
How important are the ACT score?
The weight place on the ACT scores varies from school to school. Other important factors that school considers in their admission decision are your high school GPA, academic transcript, letter of recommendation, interview and personal essays. In addition, virtually all US colleges and universities will accept ACT scores.
What are the difference between the ACT and SAT?
• The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.
• The ACT has up to 5 components:- English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional writing. The SAT has only 3 components:- verbal , mathematics and required writing test.
• The ACT continues to offer its well – established test plus an optional writing test. You can take the ACT Writing test only if required by the colleges you are applying to. Whereas, the College Board introduced a new version in 2005, with a mandatorily writing test.
• The ACT is core based on the number correct with no negative marking for guessing. Whereas, the SAT has negative for guessing. That is they take off for wrong answer.
• The ACT lets the students decide what set of scores they want sent. The college board’s policy is to send all scores
• The ACT has an interest inventory that allows student to evaluate their interest in various career options.