ACT Test Info.

The ACT is an assessment designed to measure students’ college readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. It is curriculum-based to assess knowledge students should gain through their courses at school. Extensive research based data identifies College Readiness Benchmarks -- scores in each test section that indicate a student is college ready in that subject.

Preparing


The best preparation for the ACT is to apply your full efforts to your classes throughout middle and high school. Oftentimes, students find additional preparation specifically for the ACT aids them in reaching personal goals for college admissions or scholarships. MCA provides students a personal subscription to the PrepMe online study course accessible through the student’s Naviance account. The library and counselor’s office also have test preparation books for student use on campus and Preparing for the ACT booklets containing test taking tips and a full-length practice test. Many outside tutoring and test preparation companies offer programs specifically for ACT. There is no penalty for guessing on the ACT -- show what you know and leave nothing blank.

Registering


Registration for the ACT is online through www.actstudent.org
  • Students create a personal account and should note their username and password as they will need to log in for future needs.
  • You have the option to send scores to up to 4 colleges for free at the time of registration and we recommend you do so. A fee is assessed to send scores at a later date.
  • Registration fee is $54.50 for the ACT plus Writing. You should include the writing section each time you test as some universities do not accept the scores without the writing section.
  • Be prepared to upload a headshot photo of the student.
  • Test Information Release (TIR) is available for an added fee for the December, April and June test dates. With this service, students receive a copy of the test questions, answer key, and the student’s answers.

Test Day Reminders

Quick Summary:
AIM FOR 9 HOURS OF SLEEP THE PRIOR TWO NIGHTS
WEAR A WATCH WITH NO ALERTS/BEEPS
PHOTO ID
ACT ADMISSIONS TICKET
WOOD #2 PENCILS (already sharpened)
ERASER
CALCULATOR (fresh batteries)
WATER & SNACK
ALLOW EXTRA DRIVING TIME & ARRIVE BY 7:45
LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN YOUR CAR

For further test day tips and information, visit http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/taking/.

Understanding Scores


Students receive a score for each test section and a composite score. The composite score is the average of the English, math, reading and writing subscores. The ranking for each subscore helps you see how you compare to others nationwide who took the test; the college reports section compares your score to the average student at the colleges who received your scores. Utilize this information to identify what subjects you need to review and study to improve your score on the next test.

College Readiness Benchmarks are scores identified through research with universities that indicate the students has a 50% likelihood of earning a “B” or higher in the freshman level course in the subject area.
  • English Benchmark 18: English Composition course
  • Math Benchmark 22: College Algebra course
  • Reading Benchmark 22: Social Science course
  • Science Benchmark 23: Biology course
Visit ACT’s website for further score explanations: http://www.actstudent.org/scores/understand/.

Sending Scores to Colleges


Many colleges require official scores directly from ACT for admissions applications. At the time of registration, you may select up to four colleges to receive the student’s scores for free. After scores are released, the student may return to www.actstudent.org at any time to order and pay for scores to be sent. A fee is charged for each individual test date you choose to send. Processing may take 2-3 weeks, so advanced planning is important to meet college and scholarship application deadlines.