The ACT is national college admissions examination that assesses students' knowledge of English, mathematics, reading, and science. Students can take the ACT with or without the additional 40-minute writing test. The ACT tests students on what they are learning and is not an aptitude test. It's also one way for students to make themselves visible to colleges and scholarship agencies.
The ACT is administers six times a year in the U.S. and either five or six years everywhere else, so students have plenty of time to fit in while taking online high school courses.
2015-2016 Academic Year Testing Dates
US, US territories, Puerto Rico and Canada
|September 12, 2015||August 7, 2015|
|October 24, 2015||September 18, 2015|
|December 15, 2015||November 6, 2015|
|February 6, 2016||January 8, 2016|
|April 9, 2016||March 6, 2016|
|June 11, 2016||May 6, 2016|
Students can register for the ACT by mail or online. They can also print their admission ticket directly from the website.
Fees: There are a variety of fees associated with the ACT. The ACT with no writing option costs $39.50 and includes a report for the test-taker, test-taker's high school, and up to four colleges. Students can add the writing test for an additional $17.50 (or a total of $56.50) and receive the same benefits. . It's important to register before the deadline or a $25.00 late fee will be charged.
Note: The only part of the test that is refundable is the writing section ($17.50) and that is only if the request is made in writing
Students should expect to take approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the ACT, or 4 hours to take the ACT with writing. The estimated time include a 40-minute break.
|Topic||# of Questions||Time||Skills Tested|
|English||75||45 min.||Usage/Mechanics (punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure); Rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, style)|
|Mathematics||60||60 min.||Reasoning skills, basic formulas, computational skills *may use calculator|
|Reading||40||35 min.||Reading comprehension|
|Science||40||35 min.||Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, problem-solving skills in natural sciences|
|Writing (optional)||Essay||40 min.||Writing skills emphasized in high school English and entry-level composition courses.|
All colleges and universities accept the ACT. Students have the opportunity to provide school codes at registration so scores can be mailed to up to four schools automatically. Additional score reports are available for $12.00 each. Test scores are also available for viewing online for free.
Taking the ACT while enrolled in online high school courses helps students prepare for the college application process. Making the effort allows students to discover how prepared they are for future studies. If unhappy with their scores, they can retake the exam later on.
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