The ACT college readiness assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school.
The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.
English: 75 questions – 45 minutes
Mathematics: 60 questions – 60 minutes
Reading: 40 questions – 35 minutes
Science: 40 questions – 35 minutes
Total: 215 questions
Writing: 1 prompt – 30 minutes
How to Make an Account and Register for the ACT
When considering writing the ACT students should first open an account on the official ACT site. This account is free to register.
Once your student opens an account he/she will have access to:
Practice questions of the day
Free online Test Prep
Viewing Scores on line
Manage your profile
Manage sending test scores to US post-secondary institutions
Cost for writing the ACT approximately $85 cdn NOTE: other test fees may apply for sending test score and changing test dates
Most scores are available for online viewing within 2 ½ weeks after each national or international test date. If the recipient college has more than one campus, you must indicate by city and state the campus where you want your scores sent.
NOTE: ACT and SAT codes are may different for each institution
Student Athletes and the ACT
What you need to know:
You can take the ACT no more than 12 times total.
Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior.
If a student takes the ACT multiple times, NCAA rules require that all scores must be reported the Eligibility Center
You determine which set of scores are sent to colleges or scholarship programs. The ACT will release only the scores from the test date (month and year) and test location (e.g., National, State, School) you designate. This protects you and ensures that you direct the reporting of your scores.
The ACT testing fees include 4 free reporting scores, valid only if college codes are entered at the time of registration.
You cannot combine scores from different test dates for a new Composite score. If you have taken the ACT (No Writing) or ACT Plus Writing more than once, the ACT maintains a separate record for each test date. If you ask to send a report to a college, the ACT will release only the record from the test date you request. This protects you and ensures that you direct the reporting of your scores.
You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.
You cannot send faxed or e-mailed copies of your SAT scores to colleges or universities, all score reports must be official from the College Board.
Reporting your Scores to an Eligibility Centre
Official Test scores must come from the ACT Centre, faxed and e-mailed copies will not be accepted.
When the student registers for the SAT or ACT, include the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 or the NAIA Eligibility Center code of 9876 so the test comes directly to the Eligibility Center
If you have taken the ACT (No Writing) or ACT Plus Writing more than once, the ACT maintains a separate record for each test date.
If you ask to send a report to an eligibility centre/college, the ACT will release only the record from the test date you request. This protects you and ensures that you direct the reporting of your scores.