While the ACT has long been the more prevalent standardized college admissions test in the Midwest, it has recently found a footing on the coasts.
The ACT features four different sections, each one graded on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of all four sections.
English (45 Minutes)
Math (60 Minutes)
Reading (35 Minutes)
Science (35 Minutes)
An Experimental section (20 minutes) -
The experimental section appears at the end of the multiple-choice sections. This section does not count toward a student’s score
The Essay (40 minutes)-optional
While this portion is optional, college admissions officers prefer students to take this section. It will appear at the very end of the test.
A quick word about the Science section
The word “science” is a bit misleading. Rather than testing a student’s knowledge about scientific topics, this section is designed to test a student’s ability to interpret data featured in tables, charts and graphs. To many students, this section initially looks alien. But strategy and practice can easily turn what seems like a tough section into easy, and even fun, puzzles.