What is the ACT?

The ACT is a curriculum based test that does not test aptitude. The test is based from the curriculum of most high schools and students are often tested on subject matter they have learned in school. The exam is made up of multiple-choice tests in four areas--English, mathematics, reading and science. There is also an optional writing test that will not affect your composite score. While the writing section of the ACT is optional, some colleges require it.

Will colleges and universities accept the ACT in place of the SAT?

The ACT is accepted by most colleges and often ACT scores are accepted instead of the SAT Subject tests. It is important to check with specific colleges to see what tests are required.

How do students sign up for the ACT?

Students can go to to create an account and sign up for the exam.

Where is the ACT offered?

Many local high schools serve as testing centers for the ACT. Students will be prompted to select an available testing center when registering for the test. We encourage students to sign up early to help ensure they can pick a test center that is convenient for them. (PLEASE NOTE: Wilmington High School is NOT a testing center for the ACT.)

What resources are available for my student to help them prepare for the ACT?

ACT Academy is a free online test preparation service designed to help students practice for the exam through videos, interactive lessons, and practice tests.

For additional information about the ACT, click here.