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The ACT Assessment is designed to measure your general educational development and ability to complete college-level work. Unlike the SAT, which assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills, ACT questions are curriculum-based, directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses. Students who perform better with content-based materials will have an advantage on the ACT.

In the past, colleges and universities differed in their choice of SAT vs. ACT as the required test for admissions. Now, virtually all U.S. colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools, accept either or both.

The test takes three hours and 30 minutes and includes 215 multiple-choice questions, which are divided among four sections: English, reading, science and math. The math section includes 60 questions, each with five possible answer choices. The English, reading, and science sections each include several reading passages with anywhere from five to 15 questions per passage.

You can now take the optional ACT Writing Test. For the Writing Test, you will receive two additional scores: a Writing Test score of 2 – 12 (this reflects the combined scores of two people who grade your writing sample and rate the test on a 1 – 6 scale); and a combined English Test and Writing Test score on a 1 – 36 scale. Go to for more information on which universities and colleges will require the ACT Writing Test.

Students who may qualify for a fee waiver must make the request in the counseling office two weeks prior to the regular registration deadline.

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