ACT Testing Information
Although the SAT is now mandatory for all high school students in Michigan, juniors may also take the ACT. The SAT is administered in the school and it is paid for by the state. In order to take the ACT, a student would have to pay a fee and find an administration site (usually on Saturdays at local high schools). The fee is $39.50 for the ACT (no writing) and $56.50 for the ACT with writing.
The ACT with Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).
The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.
The ACT is administered on six test dates within the US, US territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Upcoming test dates are April 9, 2016 (register by March 4, 2016); and June 11, 2016 (register by May 6, 2016).
The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.
The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT with writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test. The writing test is recommended.
English 75 questions 45 minutes
Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
Mathematics 60 questions 60 minutes
Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of 12th grade.
Reading 40 questions 35 minutes
Measures reading comprehension.
Science 40 questions 35 minutes
Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing 1 prompt 40 minutes
Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.
Your Composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite Score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up.
To register for the ACT, go to: http://www.actstudent.org