COLLEGE COMPASS -- ACT

THE ACT

Short Cuts
What does it consist of?
When should I take the ACT?
How do I register for the ACT?
What are the ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines?
What should I do before Test Date?
What should I do during Test Date?
How Long should I spend on a question?
What about my ACT scores?

ACT OVERVIEW

ACT ASSESSMENT
TEST NUMBER OF QUESTIONS LENGTH
English 75 45 Minutes
Mathematics 60 60 Minutes
Reading 40 35 Minutes
Science Reasoning 40 35 Minutes

PARTS of the ACT

When should I take the ACT?

Registering for the ACT

ACT Registration Department
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52243
Telephone: 319/337-1270

They will send you a booklet that comes with a registration form and an explanation of the steps you must take to sign up. The regular registration deadline is approximately one month before the examination date. After that deadline, you may apply for late registration until about two weeks before the examination.

The dates for the 1995/1996 Year are:

1995/1996 ACT TEST DATES

TEST DATES REGISTRATION DATE FEE LATE REGISTRATION FEES
OCT 26 1996 SEPT 27 1996 $19.00* OCT 12 1996& $19.00* + $20.00
DEC 14 1996 NOV 15 1996 $19.00* NOV 30 1996& $19.00* + $20.00
FEB 8 1997 JAN 10 1997 $19.00* JAN 24 1997& $19.00* + $20.00
APR 12 1997 MAR 14 1997 $19.00* MAR 28 1997& $19.00* + $20.00
JUNE 14 1997 MAY 16 1997 $19.00* MAY 31 1997& $19.00* + $20.00
* New York and Florida Registration Fee: $22.00 & Estimated Date - Call 319-337-1270

JUST BEFORE the ACT

ANSWERING TEST QUESTIONS -- TIPS

ACT QUESTIONS -- TIME AVERAGES

TEST CONTENT AVERAGE LENGTH OF LINE PER QUESTION
ENGLISH 75 QUESTIONS 5 passages, 15 questions each 30 seconds
MATH 60 QUESTIONS Questions increase in difficulty from beginning to end 1 minute
READING 40 QUESTIONS 4 passages, 10 questions each. 5 minutes per passage, 4 minutes for 10 questions or 25 seconds per question.
SCIENCE 40 QUESTIONS 7 sets of data with 5 to 7 questions per set; sets increase in difficulty. 5 minutes per set of data

ACT SCORES

A FINAL WORD OF ASSURANCE


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