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ACT Frequently Asked Questions

The ACT standardized test is accepted for admission to colleges across the U.S. In addition to factors such as teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities, and class rank; the ACT is used to measure a student’s success rate in college. The ACT measures critical reading, higher mathematics, English, and science skills — elements that are considered essential for success in college. The test will take 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete and includes the following four scored sections:

English-five passages followed by multiple-choice questions
Math- multiple-choice questions on practical math questions
Reading- four passages followed by multiple-choice questions
Science- seven sets of scientific information each followed multiple-choice questions

Each main section is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 — one score for each section. Your total score will be an average of the four sections, and range between 1 and a perfect 36. There is also an optional Writing Section which takes 30 minutes to complete, and is scored on a scale of 2-12.

We recommend students first take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. You can take the ACT multiple times with no penalty.

The current fee to register for the ACT is $66.00 (USD), or $91 (USD) with the Writing Section included.  Various services dealing with score reports and student questions are available for an additional fee.

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All registration must be done through The ACT. You can register for the test online at or by calling 319-337-1270.