The ACT is described to be ” a curriculum- and standard-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students academic readiness for college.” It measures your knowledge to help determine your acceptance to colleges similar to the SAT. Click here and here to learn the differences between both tests.
The ACT is cut into different sections. They have an English, Math, Reading, Science and if desired, a Writing section. They take your scores from all of these sections with an exception to the writing and find the average. The average is your composite score, which is what colleges look at most.
To register you first go to www.actstudent.org and you need to fill out loads of information. I suggest that you don’t wait until the last minute to register! If you are eligible for a waiver, you can visit your counselor to collect a form.
To help prepare for the ACT you can buy prep books. The ACT does sell their own book called The Real ACT Prep Guide. This is the only book that has actual questions from prior tests. Other prep guides have questions that are only similar to the ACT because the people who make the tests don’t want to license their questions away. You can go to your counselor for a free prep booklet. You can get the 2013/1014 edition pdf file here. Also check out FAQ about the ACT. The Smithtown High Schools have also partnered with SCOPE. SCOPE offers review classes at your school for this test. You can find out more about the ACT from your school counselor.