About the ACT

  1. Is there a guessing penalty on the ACT?
    No, make sure you have time to fill in all the circles even if you didn't have enough time to finish the test!
  2. How many choices for the ACT?
    • English-4
    • Math-5
    • Reading-4
    • Science-4
  3. In what order are the parts of the test?
    • Always
    • English
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Science
    • Optional Essay
  4. Are there any "grid in" questions for Math?
    No, all multiple choice.
  5. What should I bring to the ACT?
    • 2 #2 pencils with eraser
    • Test Ticket
    • ID
    • Calculator
    • Snack
    • Watch
  6. Which schools do not take the ACT?
    They all take the ACT.
  7. What is your target score for the ACT?
    If you don't know yet, you need to look up schools and choose a score 1 point above the average of the top and bottom scores of the middle 50% of the ACT. Collegeboard.com is a great place to start.
  8. Should I take the Essay portion?
    Look up the schools you are going to apply to and see their policy, when in doubt call them!
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