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ACT Entrance Exam: The American College Test- Easy Shiksha
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About ACT

ACT is an abbreviated form of American College Testing. ACT is a form of standardized test which is necessary to be given by students or aspirants who are looking for or seeking admission in undergraduate colleges or schools based in the USA and Canada. The American College Testing exam is conducted by the non-profit organization as its administrative body which is ACT, Incorporated. ACT examination has been developed in a way that it helps evaluate the mathematical, written, verbal and scientific skills of the candidates.

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ACT Admit Card

Aspirants can download and print the admit card from the official website, that is, act.org. Aspirants must take the admit card while appearing for the examination. When you get your admission ticket, carefully check it and make sure your identifying information, address and score recipients are accurate.

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ACT Highlights

Name of the Exam ACT (American College Testing)
ACT Conducting Body ACT, Inc.
Exam Level International
Mode Paper-based & Computer-based standardized test
Knowledge tested English, Math, reading, Science, Writing.
Purpose UG admissions in American and Canadian colleges
Year established 1959
Language English
Annual test-takers Over 1.67 million
Website www.act.org
Scores acknowledged by Colleges offering undergraduate programs
  • Without writing: US$46.00.
  • With writing: US$62.50.
  • Outside the US: $47.50 surcharge in addition to the above amounts
Prerequisites No official prerequisite. Intended for high school students. Fluency in English assumed.

ACT Important Dates

All the important test dates for the American College testing examination are announced by the conducting body, that is, ACT Inc. All these dates can easily be found on the official website of ACT: www.act.org.

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ACT Eligibility Criteria

As per the regulations announced by ACT Inc., no strict ACT eligibility is required by the aspirants. Usually, aspirants who are in classes 11 or 12 give the ACT examination for pursuing various undergraduate courses. Although, it is important to note that aspirants of grades 6 to 9 can also give the ACT exam. ACT eligibility criteria 2024 states that:

The aspirants need to be 13 years of age to give the examination. However, there is no upper age limit. The aspirants below the age of 13 years can also give the examination with the guidance of ACT customer support.

ACT Application Process

ACT registration for the examination can be done in both online and offline modes, although the former one is more preferred. Deadlines for the ACT registration usually fall 5 weeks before the test date. ACT registration details require aspirants to have a computer with internet, a credit/debit or other suitable payment methods, details of high school, and along with that, a headshot photograph. The passport is a necessary ID requirement for ACT registration in India. The basic steps for ACT registration include completing the candidate's profile, choosing the ACT date of examination and test centre for the ACT. Given below are the ACT details for registration of both the online and offline modes:

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ACT Syllabus

ACT Science Syllabus

The ACT syllabus for the subject of science includes 40 questions that need to be solved within 35 minutes. There are three main passage types in ACT science:

  • Data Representation
  • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Research Summary.
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ACT Preparation Tips

General tips for ACT exam Preparation:

  • Get proper and thorough knowledge about the ACT syllabus
  • Get the two best ACT exam preparation book, and you may choose from - Official ACT Preparation Guide 2020-21, ACT Beginner’s Guide, ACT Prep Subject Guides, and so forth;
  • Practice daily of ACT exam sample
  • Learn lessons from ACT academy which provides online courses
  • ACT English tips ask aspirants to first go through the whole essay
  • Know different types of ACT exam questions
  • There will only be one accurate answer
  • Make sure to answer the easier questions first
  • ACT Mathematics tips ask aspirants to take a graphic and legal calculator for use
  • Practice daily from ACT preparations material online for a wide range of topics and ideas
  • Use thoroughly the ACT Academy for free online resource materials
  • ACT Reading tips ask aspirants to first answer the question then look for the answer choices
  • Study the most frequently tested topics
  • Devote complete time for each section
  • Work out on a proper ACT exam schedules
  • Make an ACT study plan for yourself
  • Work very hard on your weaknesses
  • Focus on time management while you create your study plan, and also take the diagnostic tests for improved results
  • Try to work on the elimination method for removing the wrong answers
  • ACT science tips ask aspirants to go through the questions first and then attempt to answer

ACT Exam Pattern

ACT examination pattern has Multiple Choice Questions that evaluates a candidate in five main areas:

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Writing (optional)
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ACT Exam Centers

Ahmedabad International School, Ahmedabad Idea Institute Of Management And Technology, Ahmedabad Merittrac Services Pvt Ltd, Delhi
Candor Intl School, Bangalore Data Scribe Consultancy Services, Bangalore Merittrac Services Pvt Ltd - Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Merittrac Services Pvt Ltd - Bangalore Icris Pareeksha, Bengaluru Orlando Academy, Indore
Kiit International School, Bhubaneswar Radha Raman Assessment, Bhubaneswar Evault Digital, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Cps Global, Talking Technology Pvt. Ltd. Chennai Merittrac Services Pvt Ltd, Chennai Neerja Modi School, Jaipur
Infinite Dimensions, Dehradun The Doon School, Dehradun Pareeksha Online Examination Centre C/o - Universal Solutions, Kolkata
Council For American Education, Merittrac Services Pvt. Ltd, Delhi Elbrus Assessment Center, Delhi City Montessori School, Lucknow
Rr Info, Mumbai Glendale Academy International, Hyderabad Smart Wonders School, Mohali
Vivekanand Education Society Inst Of Management Studies And Research, Mumbai Sreyas Institute Of Engineering And Technology, Hyderabad Biotech Exam Hub, Lucknow
G. H. Raisoni School Of Business Management, Nagpur Sage University, Indore, Indore Kalvi Public School, Sholavandan, Madurai
Ata Infotech Ventures Pvt Ltd, Salt Lake Jayshree Periwal International School, Jaipur Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai
Lakshmi Balaji Computers, Vijayawada Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal Singapore International School, Mumbai
Jspm's Rajarshi Shahu College Of Engineering, Pune Delhi Public School Vijayawada, Vijayawada Woodstock School, Mussoorie

Documents Required at Exam

  • Valid photo identification. Aspirants without this will not be allowed to take the test.
  • Candidates can bring a regular watch that does not have any alarm.
  • While giving the test, the watch shall be removed and placed on the workstation.
  • A permitted calculator can be used for the mathematics test. The guidelines will need to be followed.
  • Aspirants will not be allowed to access a phone or any other electronic device during the test.
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ACT Answer Key

The answer key for ACT is not officially released by the conducting body. The students need to access the same from various coaching institutes that coach aspirants for the ACT exam in India. The ACT answer keys are always released after the exam is completed.

Documents Required at Counselling

There is no counselling done for ACT in India.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is a good ACT score?

Top Scores Competitive Scores Good Scores Below Average Scores
English 29-36 24-28 20-23 19 or lower
Maths 28-36 24-27 20-23 19 or lower
Reading 30-36 25-29 21-28 20 or lower
Science 27-36 24-26 21-25 20 or lower
Composite 28-36 24-27 20-26 19
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