ACT

  • Purpose:

    The ACT is a widely used college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The score range is 1-36. The multiple-choice tests will cover four skill areas: English, math, reading and science. ACT offers an optional fifth test, writing, that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The essay cannot be taken separately. The writing portion of the exam might be required for admission, depending on the university. Registration is required for the National Testing Dates; students register at www.actstudent.org

    Who takes the ACT?

    11th and 12th grade students.

    Is the ACT test optional or required?

    The ACT test is optional; however, college-bound students may need to take it as an admission requirement for most colleges and universities.

    What areas does the ACT test cover?
    The multiple-choice test will cover four skill areas: English, math, reading and science. ACT offers an optional fifth test, writing, that measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. The essay cannot be taken separately. The writing portion of the exam might be required for college admission, depending on the university. The score range is 1-36.
     
    •    English: Punctuation, Grammar and Usage, Sentence Structure, Strategy, Organization, and Style (45 minutes)
    •    Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and             Trigonometry (60 minutes)
    •    Reading: Prose Fiction, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences (35 minutes)
    •    Science: Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints (35 minutes)
    •    Writing (Optional): (30 minutes)
    o    What Colleges Have Decided about the ACT Writing Testhttps://actapps.act.org/writPrefRM/

    2023-24 Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

    TEST DATE

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE

    LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

    September 9, 2023

    August 4, 2023

    August 18, 2023

    October 28, 2023 

    September 22, 2023

    October 6, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    November 3, 2023

    November 17, 2023

    February 10, 2024

    January 5, 2024

    January 19, 2024

    April 13, 2024

    March 8, 2024

    March 22, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    May 3, 2024

    May 17, 2024

    July 13, 2024

    June 7, 2024

    June 21, 2024

     

     

    How do I register for the ACT test?
    • Students must sign-up on the ACT website (www.actstudent.org) by creating an ACT Student Web Account.
    • The registration fee for the ACT Plus Writing is $93.00. The registration fee for the ACT No Writing is $68.00
    • Late registration fee - additional $30.00
      • Registration tip: At the time of registration students may indicate 4 colleges to which they would like their ACT score sent at no additional charge.  We recommend that students take advantage of this service, as the cost is covered by the registration fee.  If a student wishes to wait until after the test to send scores, the cost is $13 per test date/per report.
      • Students must upload a photo as part of their online registration: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/add-photo.html.
     
    What do I do if I missed the ACT test?

    If a student is absent or unable to test on the date for which he/she has registered, the student can request a test date change to take the ACT on a different date. ACT will charge a $42.00 fee (plus the cost of the test with appropriate late charges, if applicable) to make a test date change. Please visit the ACT website for more information: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/actfees.html.

     

    TEST DAY INSTRUCTIONS

    Test Location:

    Students will choose a test location when registering on www.actstudent.org. Students should refer to their ACT admission ticket for the exam location. Students should arrive to their testing location no later than 7:45am on the test date.

    What should I bring on test day?

    Students need to bring their photo ID, their ACT Admission Ticket, #2 non-mechanical pencils, an eraser, and an ACT approved calculator. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE TEST WITHOUT THE ACT ADMISSION TICKET AND PHOTO ID.

    Can I bring a snack?

    Students may bring a snack for their break. Snacks/drinks must be in sealed and enclosed containers and they will need to be left in the back of the testing room during testing. Students can take their snack into the hallway during break time.

    Can I bring my cell phone?

    Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed in testing rooms. If they are brought into the testing room, they must remain powered completely off for the duration of the test, including breaks. A student who gains access to their phone, or has a phone that rings, at any time during the exam or break, will be dismissed from the ACT and their score will be cancelled.
     

    SCORE REPORTING INFORMATION

    How do I receive my ACT test scores?

    Students’ scores are available for online viewing on the student’s ACT Student Web Account.  In addition, score reports are mailed to the student’s home by ACT 3-8 weeks following the test.  http://www.actstudent.org/scores/viewing-scores.html
     
    For additional information regarding the ACT test, please visit the ACT website:
    http://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents.html.