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Last chance! Register by Friday for the October ACT test!

Don’t forget! Friday (19 October) is your last opportunity to register for the 26–27 October ACT® test dates! US university application deadlines are coming soon. Taking the ACT in October gives students time to submit their ACT scores or even retest and earn a higher score before university applications are due! Uncover university and scholarship opportunities. Confirm your academic strengths. Explore how your interests align with your intended university major or career goals. Click here to register!

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...

How do I find my test center?

Are you registered for the ACT test but unsure of how to find your test center? No problem! Here is how to find the center’s address. 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 (see screenshot). If you need more information before test day, contact ACT Customer Care at act-cares@act.org.

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...

ACT Test Accommodations: What Remains and What’s Changing

Some educators, parents, and students have shared concerns about how the switch to computer-based ACT® testing (CBT) at non-US test centers will affect students who request test accommodations. Here are some things to keep in mind. What’s remaining the same ACT will continue to provide accommodations for students who qualify. Students will continue to work with school officials to request accommodations from ACT. Students will still take the ACT at test centers unless requested accommodations require Special Testing at their home school. Paper testing is still available for students who require accommodations not available on the computer-based test. What’s changing Students who qualify for extended testing time now can receive that accommodation on each section of the test—a 50% time exte...

New Tables Compare ACT to SAT Scores

ACT and the College Board have released new concordance tables that allow users to compare scores from the new SAT test (redesigned in 2016) and the ACT test. The 2018 ACT/SAT concordance tables, derived from a joint comprehensive research study conducted by the two organizations over the past nine months, are based on scores of nearly 600,000 graduating seniors in the class of 2017 who took both tests. ACT and the College Board, with engagement from the NCAA technical committee, periodically produce concordance tables to assist in comparing scores of students who may complete different tests. The ACT and the SAT measure similar but not identical content and skills, and they employ different score scales. The ACT Composite score is based on a scale of 1 to 36, while the SAT Total score ran...

What Is NOT Changing About the ACT® Test

Moving the ACT university admissions test to computer format means more testing opportunities and much faster ACT scores (delivered in days instead of weeks), giving you more time to plan your path to university. But keep this in mind: there is also a lot that’s NOT changing on the ACT test. This is good news for all students, but especially students who have already either taken the ACT test and wish to take it again, or those who have begun preparation. In short, the only big thing that’s changing is the delivery of the test. That’s it—instead of filling in ovals on paper score sheets using a No. 2 pencil, you will take the ACT test on a computer. So, if you have been preparing to take the test for a long time only to hear about changes coming, you can breathe easy. Your preparation is g...

Myths and Facts about ACT® Computer-Based Testing

Starting this September, non-US students taking the ACT university admissions test will do so using computer-based testing (CBT), which offers many benefits for students taking the test. Big changes like this sometimes lead to rumors and misinformation about what you can expect from the test. It’s important to know the difference between myths and facts. Some are listed below (and click here to find even more).   MYTH: CBT is a completely different testing experience. FACT: While computer-based ACT testing is a new format, the content of the test itself WILL NOT CHANGE. It’s simply a new, more efficient way to take the test. Examinees will still take the test in a proctored test environment. The good news is they’ll receive scores much faster and have more opportunities to test...