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ACT Information

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). 

What are the ACT testing options?

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

How are my scores reported?

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. 

How are my results used?

ACT results may be used for: 

  • Admissions

  • Scholarship evaluation

  • Academic advising

  • Course placement (including developmental coursework)

When should I take the ACT?

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.

How do I prepare for the ACT?

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.

What are the ACT Testing Dates?

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.

 

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 11, 2021

August 6

August 20

October 23, 2021

September 17

October 1

December 11, 2021

November 5

November 19

February 12, 2022

January 7

January 21

April 2, 2022

February 25

March 11

June 11, 2022

May 6

May 20

July 16, 2022

June 17

June 24

What are the SAT Testing Dates?

To register for any of the SAT Tests: sat.org or 866.756.7346.

 

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

August 28, 2021

July 30

August 17

October 2, 2021

September 3

September 21

November 6, 2021

October 8

October 26

December 4, 2021

November 4

November 23

March 12, 2022

February 11

March 1

May 7, 2022

April 8

April 26

June 4, 2022

May 5

May 25

What are the ACT and SAT Testing Fees?

ACT Fees
  • 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 Fees
  • SAT – $55.00

  • Late Fee – $30.00

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