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About the ACT

About the ACT

ACT Basics

Need some background on the ACT exam? You’ve come to the right place. If you’ve never heard of the ACT before, and are wondering why the heck you have to take this crazy test … we’ve got you covered.

The ACT exam is a standardized test that assesses a student’s college readiness. Colleges and universities use ACT scores during the admissions process, as one of several methods of assessing a student’s eligibility. The exam consists of five tests. Learn more about each section by clicking the links below, then use our ACT Study Guide to prep with test-specific study schedules:

The highest possible score that you can get on the ACT is 36. This is a scaled score—to scale your practice test scores, be sure to use our official raw to scaled score chart. ACT scoring is fairly complicated, but we have a comprehensive guide to ACT scores that can help you out.

You can always take a practice ACT test to get a close approximation of what your ACT score would be if you were to take it today.

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