What is tested? The ACT is a 2 hour, 55 minute test, which consists of reading, English, math, and science. We recommend you take the ACT plus writing in case students apply later to a school that requires it. The key difference is that the ACT allows use of a calculator on all math sections, has lots of geometry, and is faster paced.

How is it scored?
Students and colleges will still receive your ACT score based upon the 1-36 point scale for the ACT. You will receive a score for each area, plus an averaged composite score. If you also take the writing test, it will be reported as a separate score on a 1-12 scale but on the same score report form. There is no deduction for wrong answers (no penalty for guessing).

When should I take it? The April and June tests offer the Test Information Release (TIF) (an additional $18) which, in addition to your scores, will provide you with the questions and answers from the test which can be used for future preparation. 

How do I register? Go to If you are on free or reduced lunch, you may take the ACT, plus writing twice for free. Your counselor can provide you with a fee waiver form.

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