ACT is a college-entrance exam used by colleges and universities in the United States and elsewhere. It is used to evaluate applicants to their institutions, as well as to place incoming students in first-year courses of appropriate difficulty. The ACT measures a student’s ability to perform university-level work.
The ACT exam contains five curriculum-based tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing.
Because the ACT is curriculum based, performance on these five tests has a direct relationship to a student’s educational achievement. In short, the ACT measures what students are learning in high school and what they are expected to know when entering university.
Facts about the ACT exam
When to take the exam?
Students should consider taking it during the Spring semester of their 11th grade, as they will likely have taken the necessary ACT subject material in school by that time. Testing in 11th grade gives them enough time to re-test if their scores aren’t what they had hoped for.