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ACT

ACT – Short for American College Test, the ACT is a standardized test that students may take to gain acceptance into many colleges and universities.  Designed as an alternative to the SAT, the ACT tests a student’s readiness for college.  The ACT consists of four different sections (English, Math, Critical Reading, and Science) that are averaged together out of 36 points.  The English section of the ACT consists of 75 multiple-choice questions that test a student’s ability to identify grammatical, structural, mechanical, and word choice errors within several passages.  The Math section of the ACT consists of 60 multiple-choice questions made up of material from Basic Arithmetic, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry.  The Critical Reading section of the ACT consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that test a student’s ability to read four different passages and answer 10 questions on each passage.  The passages consist of fictional, social science, humanities, and natural science topics.  The Science section of the ACT consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that test a student’s ability to read seven different passages and answer questions on each passage.  These science-bases passages consist of Data Representation, Research Summaries, and Conflicting Viewpoints and require students to look past the scientific language and pull and interpret information from the readings.  There is also an optional comprehensive essay that is not factored into the overall ACT score, but is graded on a separate scale of 2 – 12.