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ACT Information

ACT or SAT scores are accepted by most colleges for admission purposes. The ACT is no longer given to each Junior in Colorado and has been replaced by the SAT. 

The American College Testing Assessment (ACT) is designed to test your skill levels in English, math, reading, and science reasoning.  On the test, you will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete a variety of multiple choice questions divided into four sections—one for each tested subject area.  The English, reading, and science sections each include several reading passages with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage.  The math section includes 60 questions - each with 5 possible answer choices.  You will actually receive 12 separate scores on the ACT:  1 composite, 4 subject scores, and 7 sub-scores.  However, the composite or scaled-score is the most important.  It ranges from 1-36.  Nearly half of all test takers fall in the 17-23 range.

To prepare for the ACT please visit the ACT Test Prep site.

ACT also has a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment which is NOT available during the mandatory April 19th ACT.  For additional information on the ACT + Writing,  visit http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/writingdescript.html.  Please be sure to contact the colleges you are applying to see if the writing portion of the ACT is required. 

The ACT is offered  nationally six times this year.  Upcoming test dates can be found HERE

What does my ACT score mean?

Colleges and universities look at your ACT test results when they consider you for admission. Below are “typical scores” and where you might fit at a college.

  • 18-21 Liberal Schools
  • 20-23 Traditional Schools
  • 22-27 Selective Schools
  • 27-31 Highly Selective Schools

How do I register?

For any national test register online, directly with  ACT (http://www.act.org).  Cost for is $55.00 for the ACT and $70.00 for the ACT + Writing.  Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may receive a fee waiver from their counselor or the College and Career Center. 

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