Scott Arens | for the Pioneer Review
The ACT is another of the tests you will encounter during the admissions process. With its origin in 1959, ACT was the acronym for American College Testing when Everett Franklin Lindquist developed the test to compete with the SAT. It steered away from aptitude and focused on achievement of skills and knowledge obtained in high school. Today it has grown. It is the nonprofit organization caretaking the standardized test of high school achievement used for college admissions as well as branching out into other areas. In 2011, the total number of ACT takers bested those taking the SAT. WWW.act.org boasts that it is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam. The exam is based on what students learn in high school and strives to access their ability to perform in a college curriculum. The organization’s mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success.
The ACT exam is made up of 5 sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. There is also an optional writing test. Each section is sub scored from 1 to 36 points and then the average is calculated from the first four sections. Unlike the SAT, where points are deducted for wrong answers, there are no penalties for blank or wrong answers. Therefore, a calculated deduction by the test taker is a good thing and will pay dividends with a correct guess. The national average is 21 and a competitive score is 26 and above. Does your student aspire to an Ivy league school? They will need a 33 or higher. The ACT will take 3 hours and 35 minutes to complete. The English part is 45 minutes. The Math section is 60 minutes. Reading and Science are both 35 minutes. The optional writing test is 40 minutes. The cost of the exam is $45.00 and increases to $62.50 with the optional writing section.
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