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The ACT, sponsored by The American College Testing Program, is a test that measures developed reasoning skills in the context of acquired subject-matter expertise.  The test is divided into four 35-50 minute tests in the area on English usage, mathematics, social science reading, and natural science readings.


  • Accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

  • Test includes four multiple-choice tests in English, mathematics, reading and science plus a 30-minute writing test.


Why take the ACT?

  • Admissions requirement for many 4-year colleges.  The scores from the ACT are used as a determining factor in admissions decisions by many 4-year colleges.  Colleges may accept the ACT in lieu of the SAT.

  • To see how one’s academic skills compare with those of other college-bound students.


Who takes the ACT?

          Students considering attending 4-year colleges may take the ACT in lieu of the SAT if their potential college accepts it, although students in the northeast region of the country generally take the SAT.  It is important to confer with your guidance counselor to determine the appropriate testing option, as each individual student’s academic profile is different.


How does a student register for the ACT?

          The ACT is offered on specified Saturdays throughout the school year.  (Alternative test dates are available to those who cannot test on Saturdays for religious reasons.)  Students may register online at or by mail using the registration bulletin which is available in the guidance office.  Registration deadlines are generally 4-6 weeks prior to the testing date.

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