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What is ACT?

ACT stands for American College Testing. IT is a standardized test for assessing college readiness, used for college admissions in the United States.

Website:  www.act.org

Coaching and training for ACT is available at ILW. To register, contact +91 9820864001

All about ACT

ACT Exam Type:

Paper based standardized Exam

 

ACT Administrator:

ACT, Incorporated

 

ACT Registration:

Online

 

ACT Fees:

  • ACT with Writing – USD 86.50
  • ACT without Writing – USD 79.50

                    

Other Fees may include:

  • Additional Score Report – USD 12
  • Telephone Re-registration – USD 15
  • Test Information Release – 20

 

ACT Skills Tested:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (Optional)

 

ACT Exam Used For:

  • Undergraduate admission in United States and Canada

 

ACT Exam Duration:

  • Total 3 hours 35 Minutes (Excluding Breaks)
  • English – 45 Minutes
  • Mathematics – 60 Minutes
  • Reading – 35 Minutes
  • Science – 35 Minutes
  • Optional Writing – 40 Minutes

 

ACT Score Range:

  • Composite Score1 to 36
  • Sub scores for Each Subject – 1 to 18 (Excl Writing) in 1 point increments

 

ACT Exam Conducted:

  • Unites Stated & Canada – Six times annually
  • Other Countries – Five times annually

 

ACT Grades Used by:

Colleges & Universities offering undergraduate programs.

ACT – Format & Timing

The ACT format and timing is simple and structured.  It consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science (Excluding Writing).  Although Writing is optional, many colleges specifically ask for Writing Scores. On the ACT, each question correctly answered is worth one raw point. There is no penalty for incorrect answers on the multiple-choice part of the test. Therefore, you can attempt all the questions without being worried for negative marking

 

Section Questions Duration Score Range Benchmark Scores Subject Content
English 75 45 1 – 36 18 ·         Standard Written English

·         Rhetorical Skills

Mathematics 60 60 1 – 36 22 ·         Pre-Algebra

·         Elementary Algebra

·         Intermediate Algebra

·         Coordinate Geometry

·         Geometry

·         Elementary Trigonometry

·         Reasoning

·         Problem Solving

Reading 40 35 1 – 36 22 ·         Reading Comprehension
Science 40 35 1 – 36 23 ·         Interpretation Analysis

·         Evaluation

·         Reasoning

·         Problem Solving

Optional Writing 1 Essay Prompt 40 1 – 12 ·         Writing Skills

 

Few Tips in while attempting ACT

ACT Exam – English:

  • Observe the writing style used in each passage
  • Study the elements included in the underlined portion of the passage. Questions will require you to base your decision on elements of writing, which the text should convey
  • Examine all the options among the choices given and examine how each differs from another. It may incorporate more than one aspect of writing
  • Conclude the best answer. The key is to mentally consider all the choices given and stick to the best one.
  • Recheck upon finalizing your answer

 

ACT Exam – Mathematics:

  • Understand the question properly before attempting
  • Use calculators wisely if permitted – check their batteries in advance to ensure its proper working condition
  • Locate your solution among the answer choices
  • Double check your calculations
  • Make sure the answer is reasonable

 

ACT Exam – Reading :

  • 1st Mantra – Read the passage carefully
  • Consider all the options, before concluding your answer
  • Keep referring to the passage while answering questions

 

ACT Exam – Science:

  • The Key to all Formats – Read your question carefully
  • Refer to the scientific information provided in the passage while answering the question
  • Note conflicting viewpoints in the passage
  • Always refer to your concepts before answering

 

ACT Exam – Writing (Optional):

  • Read the instruction on the booklet carefully
  • Make a mental note of the structure of your essay – stick to it
  • Ensure your handwriting is legible
  • Do not lose focus – be clear with your argument and main idea
  • At the end, check for grammatical errors, punctuations and spelling mistakes.
  • Reread the entire essay to ensure it has significance to your ideas

ACT – Test Location & Dates

The ACT Exam is conducted five times annually outside the United States, and six times in the United States. The test is always conducted on a Saturday. The test format is such that there is no advantage on taking the exam on a particular day. 

ACT Exams Dates:

United States Outside United States
February April
April June
June September
September October
October December
December

 

Test Centers in India

City Center Name
Ahmedabad Indo American Educ Soc Satellite
Ahmedabad Gujarat Ahmedabad International School
Bangalore St Josephs Boys High School
Dehra Dun The Doon School
Fatehpur Children Public School
Hyderabad Uniti Foundation
Indore Swati Jain College
Kodiakanal Kodaikanal International School
Kolkata South City International School
Mohali The Millennium School Mohali
Mumbai Lala Lajpatrai Inst Of Management
Mumbai Singapore International School
Mumbai Transitions Lab Univ Prep School
Mussoorie Woodstock School
New Delhi U.S. India Educational Foundation
Pune Maharashtra Mahindra UWC of India
Vadodara Navrachna International School
Visakhapatnam Vignan Vidyalayam High School

ACT Scoring & Results

The best feature for ACT Exams is no Negative Marking. There are two stages for determining one’s ACT Score.  The Composite Scores are in the range of 1 – 36 in one point increments.

Most scores are available online within two weeks from the day of the test. Score reports are released within 3 to 8 weeks within the test date. In case if you opted for writing test, score report will be released only after all scores are available.  Usual time range including writing test is 5 to 8 weeks.

 

Stage 1: RAW Score

  • Simple formula for Raw Score
  • Total No. Of Correct Answers = RAW Score in each Section

 

Stage 2: Raw Score à Scaled Score à Composite Score

Once your scaled score is determined depending upon Raw score, The sum of Scaled scores in all sections divide by 4 will derive your composite score.  Decimals are rounded up to the nearest whole No.

 

Reporting your Scores: 

You can have your ACT scores sent up to four Universities absolutely free! Requests can be placed even after your test.  Requests are processed after all the scores are ready.

Additional reports can be sent upon requests which are processed one week after the request date.  The repective Universities receive the reports in two weeks time from the request date.  The fee for sending an additional test report is $ 12 per report.

Priority Delivery is only available for locations in the United States, and are usually delivered in 3 to 4 business days from the request date.  The fee for these reports is $ 16.5 per report

 

Pointers:

  • Request once submitted will not be cancelled or changed
  • As a standard follow up, universities/colleges will receive complete report, when ACT sends additional student reports. At least every two weeks

 

Cancellation / Rescheduling / Retake ACT Exam

Cancellation of ACT Exam:

  • There is no flat way for you to cancel your Exam once registered.
  • One the registration fee is paid, on cannot get a refund for the cancelation of Exam – The student is marked absent

 

Rescheduling ACT Exam Date 

  • Incase you decide to change your exam date, you will have to pay the basic fee all over again to register for the next date
  • If you have missed the deadline for the next available exam date, late registration will have to be paid along the basic registration fee
  • The ACT test date can be changed on the same day of the test as well by logging onto to your ACT account online

 

Retaking ACT Exam

There is no limit as such on retaking your ACT Exam.

  • Registration is same as was done for the initial test.
  • The retakes can be planned around the existing five days per annum.

 

ACT Standby Testing:

ACT Standby Testing is a facility for students who have missed their registration deadlines – even the late registration deadline.  It is a good option for students who are prepared for their exam but just dint register early enough.  Although there are terms and conditions applied for standby testing:

  • You will have to complete the registration process online as per the guidelines along with a standby request and submit it
  • The standby request will not be accepted later than eight days before a test date known as “Standby Request Period” and with an additional fee of USD 49 applicable.
  • However, even after placing the standby request, you are not guaranteed a seat on the test day. The admission to standby test will be on first-come, first-serve basis upon availability of seats.
  • If you do get a seat on the test day even after paying the standby fees, it cannot be transferred to another test date. Instead ACT will refund your fees paid for standby request.

Quick Tips on ACT from ILW

  • Practice, Practice and Practice!
  • Relax on the day before the Test – do not stress yourself
  • Stay Calm and be positive
  • No Negative Marking – Make sure you attempt all the questions
  • Guess Intelligently with purpose
  • Read your questions with extreme attention to understand what is required.
  • Since the question have multiple choice answers – Choose the most concise answer
  • Be careful with the No Change answers in the English Section
  • Spend time with the Calculator wisely – permitted for certain questions
  • Remember – In Mathematics they are testing your mathematical reasoning and not calculations
  • Previewing, reading, and reviewing is your mantra to get the most out of each reading passage.

ILW’s ACT Coaching in Mumbai

Quick facts on coaching:

  • Small student batches
  • Flexible timings – you can select during the week, in the weekends, in the evenings
  • Coaching can run from two weeks to 1 month (generally twice or thrice a week)
  • Additional hours are provided for students who cannot cope with the learning
  • Study material is provided
  • Free help with ACT registration is provided

Coaching and training for ACT is available at ILW. To register, contact +91 9820864001