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The ACT is a curriculum-based test. Questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science. Some universities will accept the ACT in lieu of SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Please refer to individual college/university websites for specific standardized testing policy. The ACT is divided into five sections:

  • English – measures student’s ability to understand and manipulate the language
  • Math – covers math through Advanced Algebra
  • Reading – assesses reading comprehension skills
  • Science – assesses knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and other physical sciences (advanced knowledge in these areas is not necessary)
  • Writing – (optional but always recommended) students complete a writing sample in response to a prompt

The student’s Composite Score and each subject score (English, math, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite Score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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