American College Testing (ACT) is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admission produced by ACT Inc. First administered in November 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competiton to the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, it consists of four sections.
The ACT is offered four to six times a year, depending on the state, in the United States, in September, October, December, February, April and June and is always on a Saturday except for those with credible religious obligations. Candidates may choose either the ACT assessment ($34), or the ACT assessment plus writing ($49.50).
The ACT Allots:
45 minutes for a 75-question English section
60 minutes for a 60-question Mathematics section
35 minutes for a 40-question Reading Comprehension section
35 minutes for a 40-question Science section
According to its founders, the ACT serves as a tool to measure the general educational development of students and their capability to complete college level work.
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