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The ACT is a standardized test used to measure a high school student's general academic progress and determine their ability to complete college-level work. It differs from the SAT in that it is an achievement test, measuring what a student has already learned, rather than an aptitude test. The questions on the ACT test the core curriculum of a typical high school career (English, reading, mathematics, and science).
The ACT is comprised of four distinct multiple-choice tests:
The English Test of the ACT evaluates your written English and rhetorical skills. It is composed of five 15-question prose passages of different types to be completed within 45 minutes, and multiple choices are provided for each question. Some questions refer to the entire passage, while others corresponds to an underlined segment or to a box located in the passage. Test-takers will receive two subscores on the English Test: one for Usage and Mechanics, and another for Rhetorical Skills; spelling, vocabulary, and grammar are not tested. Each subscore is broken down into three elements, outlined below:
The Mathematics Test covers reasoning skills used to solve a range of practical math problems, and students will have 60 minutes to answer 60 multiple-choice questions. A working knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills is required, but detailed knowledge of complex formulas and the ability to perform extensive computation are not.
Though all of the problems on the Mathematics Test can be solved without use of a calculator, a student may use one provided that it has no prohibited features (ACT Calculator Guidelines). Test-takers who use a prohibited calculator will be dismissed from the ACT and their test will not be scored.
Test-takers will receive three subscores on the Mathematics Test: one for Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, another for Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry, and the last for Plane Geometry/Trigonometry. Each subscore is broken down into two elements, outlined below:
The Reading Test measures your reading comprehension by having you read four full-page passages. Ten multiple-choice questions follow each passage, evaluating your ability to understand the information presented and draw reasonable conclusions from it within the allotted 35 minutes. Specifically, you will be prompted to:
Test-takers will receive two subscores on the Reading Test: one for Social Studies/Sciences and another for Arts/Literature. Each subscore is broken down into two elements, outlined below:
The Science Test presents seven sets of scientific information drawn from biology, earth/space sciences, chemistry, and physics. Each set is followed by a number of multiple-choice questions, and you will have 35 minutes to answer a total of 40 questions. These questions require you to:
The Science Test emphasizes scientific reasoning skills over scientific content itself, and although an introductory understanding of science is needed to successfully complete the Science Test, an advanced scientific knowledge is not required.
The Science Test is divided into three different areas:
Test-takers are not permitted to use a calculator on the Science Test.
The Writing Test is an optional 30-minute essay that prompts an issue and then presents opposing views on that topic. You are then asked to take a stance on the issue, and your writing style is measured by how effectively you support it and provide clear arguments. You may adopt one of the opinions presented or provide your own, and your score will not be affected by the position you take on the issue.