Join Vince Kotchian for an in-depth discussion in this video About the ACT test, part of Test Prep: ACT.
- [Voiceover] In this video, I'll go over some of the details regarding what the ACT is, when you can take it, and how colleges use the results of your test. The ACT will test your ability to recognize good writing, to solve math problems, to understand reading passages, and to answer questions about science experiments. There's also an optional essay to write. You can take the ACT at any of the six times per year it is given in the months of September, October, December, February, April, and June. And you can register for the test on the ACT's official website, ACTstudent.org.
All U.S. colleges accept either the SAT or the ACT without bias toward either test. For you, this means that when you apply to college, you should just send the score of the test on which you scored higher. Since a high GPA can mean different things at different schools, colleges need a standard that is the same for everyone. Colleges can use the ACT to compare you with other applicants because it's a standardized test. Every ACT is carefully designed and scaled to be very similar to every other ACT. This standardization also means that the test is extremely predictable in terms of what it will have on it.
Remember, preparing for the ACT will help you become much more comfortable for the real test, and it can be an important part of your college application so it makes sense to spend some time getting ready for the test.
- Getting a baseline ACT score
- Preparing a study timeline
- Answering ACT English questions
- Solving math problems
- Answering reading questions
- Working on science questions
- Writing the ACT essay