The ACT is a standardized test devised to show schools how ready you are for higher education by measuring your reading comprehension, knowledge of writing practices, and computational skills and then weighing you with the rest of the high-schoolers who attempted it. It primarily serves as a worldwide college admission test. The ACT includes 215 questions in 2 hours and 55 minutes, plus an elective 40-minute Writing Test. he ACT is offered seven times yearly in September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. It is always given on a Saturday. It’s easier for college admissions administrators to compare students from several cities or states by using the ACT/SAT, rather than their GPA. After all, a 4.0 could mean quite different things at different schools, but a 36 on the ACT looks impressive no matter what. The questions are all intended to put a check on your logical thinking, and the essential skill that is examined in this test is time management. Usually, the questions in ACT are apparently easier when compared to those in SAT. Nevertheless, due to a petite time frame of the exam, it becomes harder for you to solve multiple questions until and unless you are well prepared. Many private scholarships, especially large ones, require an application from interested students. Requiring the ACT on applications allows private scholarships to compare scholars from different schools. Generally, the higher your ACT score, the higher your odds of winning the grant.
The ACT consists of four segments—English, Math, Reading, and Science—plus an optional writing test. Except for the writing section, the test is entirely multiple choice questions: the math questions have five answer options, and the others all have four.
- English: The English Subject Test contains five reading passages containing grammatical and stylistic errors. This section covers grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style. The English section includes 75 questions, which are to be answered within a time of 45 minutes.
- Math: This section 60 questions based broadly on topics like pre-algebra, elementary algebra,
intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry
- Reading: The Reading Test consists of four passages, each approximately 750 words long. The passages cover Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science. The Reading section has 40 questions and is allotted a total time of 35 minutes for answering.
- Science: The Science section is a 35-minute test and contains 40 questions. The questions that appear in this section are based on Data Interpretations, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints.
There is an optional writing section in which you are given 30 minutes to construct an essay based on a given issue. The issue will be relevant to your life as a high school student. For each section of the ACT, you’ll receive a raw score, which is the number of questions you get correct. That is then converted into a calibrated score between 1 and 36. The composite score is simply the average of your four section scores.
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