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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).
Students are currently able to choose from 2 different testing options:
Full ACT Test (English, Math, Reading, Science)
Full ACT Test (English, Math, Reading, Science) plus the writing section
You will be able to send either a full ACT score report or superscore to colleges and universities. The Superscore is a recalculation of the average of the four best subject scores across multiple ACT tests and ACT Section Retests. Colleges and universities will determine their own policies regarding use of single-test or superscore composite for admissions and scholarship purposes.
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. You can also find numerous test prep resources at ACT's website here.
Get2College also offers free ACT prep workshops in our centers and has a list of Tips and Resources here.
There are multiple test dates throughout the academic year, and you want to be sure and pick a test date that's at least two months in advance of any admission or scholarship deadline. Scores for the ACT are reported within 2–8 weeks after the test date.
If you plan to retake the ACT multiple times, a good way to prepare is to request your Test Info Release – $20.00 (a copy of test questions, your answers, and answer key – available for December, April, and June national test dates. The July 2020 test has been added to test information release).
To register for the ACT: actstudent.org or 319.337.1270.
Late Registration Deadline
September 11, 2021
October 23, 2021
December 11, 2021
February 12, 2022
April 2, 2022
June 11, 2022
July 16, 2022
To register for any of the SAT Tests: sat.org or 866.756.7346.
August 28, 2021
October 2, 2021
November 6, 2021
December 4, 2021
March 12, 2022
May 7, 2022
June 4, 2022
ACT (no Writing) – $60.00
ACT plus Writing – $85.00
Late Fee – $36.00
Test Info Release – $30.00 (get a copy of test questions, your answers, and answer key – available for December, April, and June tests only.) You can order this when you register or afterwards by mail, using this form.
SAT – $55.00
Late Fee – $30.00