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How Students Can Make the Most of End-of-Term Break

End-of-term break gives you a well-earned respite from the classroom. But getting a break from school doesn’t mean you can’t use the time wisely. It can give you time to put things in order before taking the leap to university, get advice and help from family and friends, and even keep your brain active before returning to school. Challenge yourself to tackle the following tasks during break: Complete university applications (Grade 12). You can finalize your university choices and complete applications in time for regular submission deadlines, most of which are in January and February. Dig into that college essay (Grade 12). It’s an important part of the college application process and requires a lot of thought and planning, so why not spend time away from the classroom to write a draft or...

December ACT test: Your last chance to take the ACT before US application deadlines!

Are you planning on studying in the United States? Most US universities’ application deadlines occur in January and February. Taking the ACT in December is a great opportunity to share your ACT scores during the university application process. The 7-8 December ACT test dates will be your last chance to get these scores before application deadlines! Have you registered yet? There is still time to sign up! The late registration deadline is Friday, 30 November. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Remember: You can choose to take the ACT on Friday, 7 December or Saturday, 8 December, in the morning or the afternoon, depending on test center availability. Also: The ACT test is accepted by all US universities and more than 200 international universities. The ACT test leads to schol...

Infographic: How to request accommodations on the ACT test

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability. To assist international students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see this checklist to guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT® test.

Infographic: How to register for the ACT and access your score reports (including previous ACT scores)

If you want to take the ACT test ACT® test during the 7-8 December test dates or beyond, the first step you will take is to register for the test. You can use MyACT.org to register for the test, find a test center, select a test session (Friday or Saturday in the morning or the afternoon, depending on availability), request accommodations, and request additional score reports. Once you have taken the test, you can also use MyACT.org to access your test scores. However, if you are interested in the results of ACT tests you took prior to September 2018, when the computer-based ACT test was first offered, you will need to use a different route to access your scores. You can find a link to those score reports by searching your email. We have created an infographic to help you register and acce...

UPDATED: How do I find my ACT test center?

Are you registered for the ACT test but unsure of how to find your test center? No problem! There are two ways to find your test center’s address. Option 1: Sign in to your ACT account. Go to myact.org and sign in. If you have registered for a non-US ACT test but have not yet taken it, you will see your test center address on your dashboard (click here to see screenshot).   Option 2: Check your email.  The confirmation email you received will have the test center address (click here to see screenshot).   If you need more information before test day, contact ACT Customer Care at act-reg@act.org.

What students are saying about computer-based testing

Students around the world participated in the first computer-based ACT® test in September. ACT has received plenty of feedback, and fortunately, students found a lot to like about the new format. Here are some student reactions, as taken from a recent ACT survey: Getting scores quicker! Saves time not having to bubble answer sheets Easier to type essays than to handwrite Liked the answer eliminator tool Liked having my own on-screen timer Liked that the passage and items were all on the same screen for the reading test—no flipping back and forth Liked the highlighting in the English and reading passages that pointed students to the relevant section of text to answer the question Liked the ability to flag items and return to them Students also want to see improvements in the process. Some s...

Parents: Do you struggle with helping your children improve academically?

ACT now offers a new tool for parents looking to help their children succeed academically. ACT Recommends collects world-class online learning tools for K-12 learners, as curated by the experts at ACT. Parents do not have to be learning experts to use ACT Recommends. Instead, they can rely on the learning expertise of ACT team members! ACT Recommends content is selected by the learning, subject matter, and student engagement experts at ACT. This content comes from top providers of online learning tools and high-quality resources for all kinds of learning needs, including: BrainPOP—An essential engagement tool that allows both students and teachers to be involved in the learning process Cell Command—Learn the role of critical cell structures as students return their team safely to the stati...

What to bring (and not bring) to the test center

You can feel calm and prepared for the ACT® test by knowing what you can and cannot bring into your ACT test center! Remember these tips: You MUST bring: Acceptable photo identification (find out more) You CAN bring: A traditional watch (no smart watches and no alarms set) An ACT-approved calculator (Is my calculator approved?) NOTE: Test centers are NOT administering admission tickets at this time. You CANNOT bring: Electronic devices (other than an approved calculator) Textbooks, dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids (whiteboards will be provided) Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape Reading material Tobacco or e-cigarettes Food or beverages Prohibited devices To find your test center location, log on to myact.org and navigate to your registration...

Simple steps to register for the ACT test

When you are ready to take the ACT test, the first step is registering for your chosen test date. To complete the registration process, you will need: About 30 minutes A credit card, voucher, or fee waiver A functional email address A list of grades and courses you have taken To get started, you will need to create a MyACT account. The video below will take you through the process of setting up a MyACT account. Once your MyACT account is created, it’s time to register for the test! The video below gives you step-by-step instructions on how to register. NOTE: If you have taken the ACT before September 2018 and want to retake the test, you cannot use your old ACT account to retake the test (you can use it to access your scores from tests taken before September 2018, however). Be sure t...

My ACT Story: Meet Melissa!

My ACT Story Meet Melissa! “Continuing my hobbies made the preparation process much less stressful” Name: Melissa Emerson Grade: 12 School: Işıkkent Eğitim Kampüsü (Işıkkent Education Campus – High School), Izmir, Turkey Q: When did you take the ACT® test and what was your ACT Composite score? A: I took the test in October 2017 and received a 35. Q: Which university are you attending, and what degree programme will you study? A: Columbia University, Physics Q: Physics? That’s very interesting—what attracted you to that field? A: I enjoy spending time on physics in my free time, usually studying from books about topics like quantum mechanics, optics, biophysics, etc. With physics, every question I have ends up with an explanation, and I like that I can see it everywhere I look. Its wi...