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Introduction to ACT

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Introduction to ACT

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What is ACT?


  • ACT is an abbreviation for American college testing.


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What is ACT about?

  • The ACT Test is a standardized test that measures a high school student’s academic skills and readiness for college by testing an individual knowledge.

  • ACT tests your English, math, science, and writing skills. It was created using extensive research into expected high school abilities and necessary college expectations. It is all about setting you up for success in college.

  • ACT is a test offered by a nonprofit organization, with the same name, ACT (American College Testing). This test is seen as one of the two major standard tests used in the United States for admission into colleges.

  • The ACT test is also often taken by students in the US to determine whether they are “ready for college“. Sometimes, regardless of whether they are going to college or not, states and individual school districts require all high school students to take the ACT, using it to assess the students’ learning and/or the performance of schools. It is used a standard of determining the academic performance and/or excellence of individual students, or schools at large.


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How do I understand ACT as an Indian?


  • In India, ACT can be compared directly to Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) or Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). These are two of the major examination standards used to gain admissions into Indian universities or institutions of higher learning. This is exactly the case in the US too. ACT and SAT are the two major test standards used for admission into colleges in the US.


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What is the historical prestige of ACT?

  • ACT was first introduced as a competitor to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) by professor “Everett Franklin Lindquist” of University of Iowa in November 1959.

  • Ever since it’s introduction, ACT has slowly gained grounds and staked its claim as one of the two standard admission tests in the US. Gradually, since the inception of ACT, there has been a progressive increase in the number of students/people that take the test. In 2011, for the first time, the total number of takers of the ACT was more than those that sat the SAT. That year, the ACT and the SAT had a total number of 1,666,017 and 1,664,479 takers respectively. In the US, all four-year colleges and universities accept the ACT. Such is a pointer to the level of prestige and prominence that the ACT has attained.

  • In the USA, most of the colleges accept both the ACT and the SAT, without indicating any form of preference whatsoever for either, and they are treated equally by admission officers.

  • Colleges that require students to take the SAT Subject Tests for instance, do so without minding which of either SAT or ACT; however, some colleges accept the ACT in place of the SAT subject tests and some accept the optional ACT Writing section in place of an SAT Subject Test. This is due to the fact that ACT has attained such a nationally accepted status in the United States. This is an indicator of the fact that, although, SAT is more popular and has gained worldwide popularity, ACT is an exam/a test of the same nature and status in the US. ACT can either be taken alone, or taken to supplement SAT and vice versa.


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How do I apply for ACT?

To take the ACT test, you need to complete the ACT registration and submit the ACT requirements.


  • Visit the ACT website to register and create an account.

  • Pay the ACT Test fee.

  • Print your admission ticket.

  • ACT Requirements

  • The 2017-2018 ACT Registration and Test Dates

  • Email Communication


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What are the benefits of sitting ACT?

  • when you sit for the ACT tests, colleges in the USA that might be looking to admit you as a student wouldn’t have to request that you sit SAT again. Also, it gives you a chance to directly apply and sit the exams of any college of your choice in the US without submitting the results of your entrance examinations in your respective countries.


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The purpose of this article; Introduction to Act is to abreast people with the knowledge of the existence of the ACT tests. It is in a bid to promote the popularity of the tests and ensure that as many people as possible can have the same opportunity to benefit from the advantages of the ACT tests.