Why should I take the ACT?
Top 10 Reasons to Take the ACT- (provided by ACT)
1.Tests what students have learned in high school.
*Measures academic achievement in areas of English, Math, Reading and Science.
2.Does not penalize for guessing.
*Scores are based on the number of correct answers
3.Does not require expensive test prep
Preparing for the ACT Booklet–FREE
Describes the content of the ACT tests and includes test preparation suggestions and a practice test.
Using Your ACT Results Booklet–FREE
the ACT score report and offers suggestions on using the results. It
also includes information about the College Readiness Standards, which
are sets of standard-like statements that describe the types of skills
and knowledge typically demonstrated by students who score in particular
score ranges on the ACT. Provided free to students with their ACT score
The ACT User Handbook–FREE
Manual intended to help
high school and college counselors effectively use and interpret ACT
results. Provided free of charge to high school and college counselors.
Sample Test Booklets
Retired ACT forms available for purchase and use by institutions.
usefulness of test preparation activities depends on the objectives of
the activities, the approach taken, and the students' educational
backgrounds. Test preparation activities that are designed to help
students develop test-taking strategies or to increase familiarity with
how the ACT tests are administered may be useful if students are
inexperienced in taking standardized tests. Short-term test preparation
programs that emphasize the review and recollection of information
previously learned may be helpful to students if considerable time has
elapsed since students completed course work that covers the content of
the ACT tests. Long-term instructional programs may be helpful to
students who have not taken the appropriate course work. All students
are likely to profit from the activities designed to increase student
motivation to do well on the ACT tests.
4.Tells a student what they know and are likely to be able to do.
*Provides College Readiness Standards.
College Readiness Standards are sets of statements intended to help you
understand the meaning of the scores earned in EXPLORE®, PLAN®, and the
ACT® (ACT's three curriculum-based assessment programs).
Whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or student, these sets of statements can help you:
* communicate widely shared learning goals and educational expectations
* relate the test scores to the types of skills needed for success in high school and beyond
* understand the increasing complexity of skills across the score ranges in English, mathematics, reading, and science
PLAN, and the ACT measure students' progressive development of
knowledge and skills in the same academic areas from grades 8 through
12. Therefore, the scores from these three programs can help educators
monitor students' academic growth over time.
Readiness Standards are complemented by suggested learning experiences
for students wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills.
College Readiness Standards serve as a direct link between what
students have learned and what they are ready to learn next. The
suggested learning experiences, in turn, provide links between the
Standards in one score range and those in the next higher score range.
The ideas for progressing to the next score range demonstrate ways that
information learned from standardized test results can be used to inform
The College Readiness Standards are also
linked to college instruction. More than 40 years of research has shown
that performance on the ACT is directly related to first-year college
grade point average.
5.Gives a student the option to take the Writing Test or not.
6.Accepted by all four-year colleges nationwide for admission.
7.More than 2/3 of colleges use the ACT to place students in appropriate Math and English courses.
*(ACT $32.00 and ACT Plus Writing $47.00)
*Expanded fee waiver policy
9.Students have control over their test scores by test date.
10.Takes less time.