Test Info: ACT
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The ACT, developed and administered by ACT, Inc., is a standardized test accepted by every college and university in the United States. The test is divided into four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Each section is scored from 1 to 36, and the total score or composite is determined by a simple average of the four subsection scores. All four sections are entirely multiple-choice. Students are allotted 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete the exam.
Like the SAT, the ACT offers an optional Writing section, in which students write a persuasive essay. The Essay is graded using a rubric with four dimensions which generates a scaled score of 2 to 12 points. The essay score is not combined with the other sections of the test. The optional Writing section is 40 minutes long.