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The ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.  The ACT® is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System.
Quick facts about the ACT®:
  • The ACT® is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The ACT® is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT® are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.
  • More than 1.66 million high school students in the graduating class of 2012 took The ACT®.
  • The ACT® is administered in all 50 of the United States and in many other countries.
     ​The ACT® consists of four multiple-choice tests and a writing test.
English:​ ​Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.


​Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
Reading:​ ​Measures reading comprehension.



​Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.



​Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.