What is the ACT ?

The ACT is a curriculum-based college entrance exam, similar to the SAT. All colleges will accept scores from either the SAT or the ACT. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).  It is administered on six test dates within the United States, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada—September, October, December, February, April, and June. In other locations, the ACT is administered on all of the above dates except September, and the ACT Plus Writing is not available on the February test date. The ACT consists of English, Math, Reading, and Science. In order for your ACT scores comparable to the SAT (& to count for college admissions), you must take the ACT Plus Writing as well.

Even if you have already taken the SAT, you should take the ACT as well. Often times, students will do better on one test. Whether that test is the SAT or the ACT cannot be determined until you try. Sometimes, the ACT is significantly easier for certain students. It is in your best interest to try the ACT as well as the SAT


How do I register for the ACT? 

Register for the ACT here. When you sign up for the first time, you must complete a one-time registration process that is rather lengthy. However, you will not need to complete this application again if you take the ACT again.

How many times can I take the ACT?

Most students take the ACT 2-3 times. Once in the spring of their junior year and once in the fall of their senior year. You are allowed to take the ACT up to 12 times; however, colleges do not want to see that you have taken the test over and over. Taking the test twice is the best plan.

How much does the ACT cost?

The ACT Plus Writing costs $50.50. Included within the  $50 fee is 4 score reports so that you may send your test scores to colleges. Any additional score reports cost $11 each.


 To get a fee waiver, go to Ms. Drell in the College Office and ask for a Fee Waiver Request form. The form has basic information to determine eligibility for a fee waiver. If you are eligible, you will receive the actual SAT/SAT II/ACT fee waiver with a code which you will need to input when you are registering for your test. You only receive one fee waiver for the ACT.


How is the ACT graded?

The highest possible composite score on the ACT is 36. Your composite score is the average of your scaled score for each of the 4 multiple choice sections in English, Math, Writing, and Science.

When will I get my ACT scores?

Most scores are available for online viewing within 2 ½ weeks after each national or international test date.

Can I combine scores from different test dates to create a new Composite score?

No. You cannot combine scores from different test dates for a new Composite score.