What is the ACT Test?
In Oklahoma, the most-used college admissions test is the ACT. Students may also take the SAT (published by the College Board). Both scores are accepted at most colleges. The ACT includes tests in four core areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. There are also sub scores in each of the core areas. The fifth scores is a composite of all four subject areas combined.
On the ACT, scores range from 1-36. Though the test is written for 11th & 12th grades, ANYONE can register and take the test. Most students will take the test SEVERAL times. Your highest score can be sued I most applications.
The tests take approximately four hours. There are six national test dates (five in Oklahoma) for ACT, spaced throughout the year. Scores from national test dates can be used for all purposes. Most Oklahoma colleges also offer Residual ACT test. These are offered at various times on those campuses, and can be used only for admission to that specific school. Registration for the ACT is available online at ACT.org, and packets are also available in my office.
The BEST preparation for the ACT or SAT is in the course you choose! There are many practice tests available, both online and in paperback form. Also, EXPLORE and PLAN is 8th and 10th grade versions of the ACT that are given at our school. Spending extra time studying before the tests is helpful, but the tests are designed to measure your overall preparation for college. That is something that cannot be accomplished in an overnight cram session, or short-term assistance. Take as many core courses as you can, especially in Math & Science! Studies prove that students who complete more rigorous core courses score higher in every subject, and are also much more successful in their college programs.
When registering online you are able to view your test scores 2-3 weeks after the test.