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The ACT (and the SAT Tests) are standardized exams that are often used by colleges in the US. The ACT assesses a student's college readiness in four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the optional ACT with writing).
ACT TIPS + STRATEGIES
ACT results may be used for:
Course placement (including developmental coursework)
There are advantages, to testing in your junior year, as listed on ACT's website:
You've probably completed the coursework corresponding to the test material.
You'll have your test scores and other information in time to help you plan your senior year. (For example, you may decide to take an additional class in an area in which your test score was low.)
Colleges will know of your interests and have your scores in time to contact you during the summer before your senior year, when many of them are sending information about admissions, course placement, scholarships, and special programs to prospective students.
You'll have information about yourself and the schools you're considering prior to your campus visits, making your visits more focused.
You'll have the opportunity to retest if you feel your scores don't accurately reflect your abilities in the areas tested.
The best way to prepare for the ACT is by taking challenging courses in high school. ACT offers ACT Academy™ which is a free online tool and test prep program designed to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test. You can also find numerous test prep resources at ACT's website here.
Get2College also offers free ACT prep workshops in our centers.