Q: What is the American College Testing (ACT)?
A: A college entrance exam. 4 parts: English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional writing test. It takes around 3 to 4 hours
Q: How do I sign up for the ACT?
A: You can register for the ACT on their web-site www.act.org
Q: Why should I take it?
A: Some students do better on the ACT than the SAT. It isn’t necessary if you do well on the SAT, unless the college you want to go to recommends it
Q: What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
A: ACT includes science questions. The Writing Section on the ACT is optional. There are penalties for wrong answers on the SAT.
Q: When should I take it?
A: Like the SAT, if you decide to take it, start preparing the summer before your junior year. Take the pre-ACT, PLAN, in 10th grade. It is offered 6 times a year.
The SAT takes off points for wrong answers. But the ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing. Guess away!